Name Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
Type Hardwood.
Other Names Also known as alligator tree, bilsted, redgum, sapgum, starleaf gum, liquidambar, hazel pine, and satin walnut.
Sources Grows in eastern half of United States.
Appearance Interlocked, irregular grain with a fine uniform texture and satiny luster. Reddish brown heartwood (sold as “redgum”) and creamy white sapwood (sold as “sapgum”). Noted for figured grain which often forms a ribbon stripe.
Physical Props Rates moderate in hardness, weight, strength, stiffness, and shock resistance. Steam-bends poorly. Low decay resistance and dimensional stability.
Working Props Works quite easily with machine or hand tools. Holds screws and nails well without splitting. Glues, sands, stains and finishes easily.
Uses Used for interior furniture, veneer, radio and other cabinets, trim, paneling, dowels, baskets, cases, crates, pallets, and crossties.
Comments Often cut into veneer that is stained to simulate other woods such as cherry.