Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)


Common Names: Redgum, Sapgum,  Satin Walnut


Distribution: Southeastern United States


Color/Appearance: When wide sapwood is whitish to light pink or tan color, it is referred to as “sapgum” or “sweetgum.” When heartwood is  gray to reddish brown, it is referred to as “redgum.” When heartwood has darker black streaks it is called “figured redgum.” Quartersawn pieces have a ribbon-stripe appearance.


Janka Hardness: 850 lbf


Density: 2.83 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 5.3%

Tangential (width): 10.2%,

Volumetric (total): 15.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.9


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Sweetgum has been reported to cause skin irritation


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Veneer, plywood, furniture (speaker/acoustic cabinets), interior trim, boxes, crates and turned objects.


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