September 2, 2011

Will sweetgum trees inherit the Earth?

Why does our area have so many sweetgum trees? They may indeed inherit the Earth, based on the number of spiky sweetgum seeds (popularly called "gumballs") in my yard after Hurricane Irene. Her winds dropped many mighty oaks as well as weak Bradford pears, but most sweetgum trees survived. They just bend in the winds that hurricanes toss at them.

The only good quality of their messy gumballs is that they sometimes work as "pest-control mulch" because rabbits don’t like stepping on their sharp spines. Neither do I.

I might make a Christmas wreath out of them too this year--if I can find some heavy duty work gloves!