||Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
||Also known as alligator tree, bilsted, redgum, sapgum, starleaf gum, liquidambar, hazel pine, and satin walnut.
||Grows in eastern half of United States.
||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.
||Rates moderate in hardness, weight, strength, stiffness, and shock resistance. Steam-bends poorly. Low decay resistance and dimensional stability.
||Works quite easily with machine or hand tools. Holds screws and nails well without splitting. Glues, sands, stains and finishes easily.
||Used for interior furniture, veneer, radio and other cabinets, trim, paneling, dowels, baskets, cases, crates, pallets, and crossties.
||Often cut into veneer that is stained to simulate other woods such as cherry.