Sweet Gum Characteristics
Gum trees are famous for their hard fruits that can be used to make anything from chewing gum to varnish. This species cannot be used for varnish, but still produces the amber gumballs. Gumballs are fragrant, but can create clean-up maintenance that rarely makes them worthy of high traffic areas.
Diseases and pest issues are more often cosmetic rather than life-threatening. Webworms, caterpillars, borers, and scale may visit. Chlorosis can be a serious issue in alkaline soils.