American sweetgum Liquidambar styraciflua , also known as American storax ,  hazel pine ,  bilsted ,  redgum ,  satin-walnut ,  star-leaved gum ,  alligatorwood ,  or simply sweetgum ,   is a deciduous tree in the genus Liquidambar native to warm temperate areas of eastern North America and tropical montane regions of Mexico and Central America. Sweet gum is one of the main valuable forest trees in the southeastern United States , and is a popular ornamental tree in temperate climates. It is recognizable by the combination of its five-pointed star-shaped leaves similar to maple leaves and its hard, spiked fruits. It is currently classified in the plant family Altingiaceae , but was formerly considered a member of the Hamamelidaceae. This plant's genus name Liquidambar was first given by Linnaeus in from [the Latin ] liquidus, fluid, and the Arabic ambar, amber , in allusion to the fragrant terebinthine juice or gum which exudes from the tree.
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