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Sweetgum: a new look

Joshua P Adams (1)   , Jody M Lingbeck (2), Philip G Crandall (3), Elizabeth M Martin (4), Corliss A O’Bryan (3)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 6, Pages 719-727 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1462-008
Published: Jun 23, 2015 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

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Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua L.) is the only species of its genus in the Western hemisphere. The species is a relatively early successional species with wide seed dispersal, fast growth and is considered one of the most adaptable tree species in North America, growing across a wide range of soil types, altitudes, and hydrologic conditions. This species has routinely been considered a lesser desired species by many forest managers trying to grow tree plantations or even in natural stands because the species tends to rapidly invade and dominate a site. However, because of sweetgum’s adaptability, ease of propagation and field planting, and fast growth rate, the tending of sweetgum as a potential crop for improved markets has been reinvigorated. Managing sweetgum also opens the possibility of development of new products and markets that supplement the traditional markets and can produce further value-added products. Increasingly, sweetgum is not viewed with as much antipathy amongst foresters and its potential as valuable resources is being rediscovered.


Sweetgum, Liquidambar styraciflua L., Fast-growing species, Potential crop, Value-added products

Authors’ address

Joshua P Adams
School of Forestry, Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana 71270 (USA)
Jody M Lingbeck
Sea Star International LLC, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 (USA)
Philip G Crandall
Corliss A O’Bryan
Departments of Food Science and Center for Food Safety, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704 (USA)
Elizabeth M Martin
Departments of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704 (USA)

Corresponding author

Joshua P Adams


Adams JP, Lingbeck JM, Crandall PG, Martin EM, O’Bryan CA (2015). Sweetgum: a new look. iForest 8: 719-727. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1462-008

Academic Editor

Gianfranco Minotta

Paper history

Received: Oct 02, 2014
Accepted: Apr 21, 2015

First online: Jun 23, 2015
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2015
Publication Time: 2.10 months

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