The favorite Sweetgum of Max in Summer 2015

Name(s)

> Max

Tree species 

> Sweetgum

Location

 > In my front yard

Narrative

The tree that I have chosen is the Sweet Gum. Its common name is Sweet Gum and the scientific name is Liquidambar styraciflua. The tree is located in my front yard. The Sweet Gum has leaves that look like stars, and spike balls are connected to the leaves. The bark is rough and does not fall off the tree. The tree does not have holes the leaves of the trees are bright green. When it turns fall the leaves turn orange and yellow some are red. The Sweet Gum is native to Kentucky. I picked this tree because I grew up with it has been in my yard since I was born. Every Christmas we take a picture by the tree with all of my cousins. When I played hide and seek with my friends I used the tree to hide behind. I also when I was seven I kicked my soccer ball up in the air, it got stuck in the branches of the tree and it was stuck up there for a week. The tree gives me shelter from a storm. It gives me something to look at if I'm bored. Without this tree there would be less oxygen, I would be staring at my neighbor's house, our house would be more hot during the summer, because the tree is blocking the sun rays from the house. There would be more flooding because the tree roots drink the water from the ground when it rains.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 39

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 9

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 569

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 88

 

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  1. The favorite Sweetgum of Max in Summer 2015