What kind of tree is this?

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Old 05-14-08, 09:05 PM
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What kind of tree is this?

I moved into this house and I do not know what type of tree this is and what kind of disease it might have. What kind of tree is i? How to I cure this disease?







 
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Old 05-15-08, 04:07 AM
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Looks like a sweet gum. Had one in our front yard when we lived in NC. Finally cut it down and planted something better.
 
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Old 05-15-08, 05:10 AM
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There are a number of fungi that can cause leaf spot diseases on tree leaves. Wet springs tend to increase occurrence and spread of disease. Damage is usually cosmetic.
 
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Old 05-15-08, 10:06 PM
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I just googled sweet gum and its not the same. Close though.

Any other thoughts?
 
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I would have to agree it is a sweet gum tree known around Indiana as a Gumball tree. I have several on our lot line with our neighbor. The balls are a real pain when they drop.

What you see on the leaves is pretty normal. Very few things will bother the "Gumball" tree.
 
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Sweetgum is also known as Gumball Tree, Redgum, Star-leaved gum, Alligator-wood, and Gumtree. If you have a problem with slugs, mulch with gum balls.
 
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Old 05-17-08, 11:20 AM
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After doing some research, I found that it is not a sweet gum, but rather a "London Planetree".

The seed pods differ from the gumball as they are not spikey. They are softer and crumble to fuzzy mini seeds in the hands


These are sweet gum pods
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/183/3...754eb3.jpg?v=0
 
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Wow, I sure wish I had this instead of my Gumball trees. The spikey balls on the Gumball are tough on feet and mower blades.

Looks like the Planetree is a much more forgiving tree. Glad that I have learned something new.
 
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Old 05-23-08, 07:18 PM
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Brings back memories of childhood days. Running barefoot through the field of trees. Only two things you had to dodge. One was sweetgum balls, the other was cow poop. Glad to know about the Planetree. Always learning.
 
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