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Appalachian Gum

Appalachian Gum

(Liquidambar styraciflua)

Other Common names

Redgum, sapgum, sweetgum

Appalachian Gum

General Description

The sapwood of American gum tends to be wide and is white to light pink, while the heartwood is reddish brown, often with darker streaks. The wood has irregular grain, usually interlocked, which produces an attractive grain figure. It has a fine uniform texture.

Distribution & Availability

The gums are an important part of the Eastern hardwood forests, and are found throughout the South Eastern USA. Excellent availability as lumber and veneer in a wide range of grades and specifications. When sorted for color, redgum (majority heartwood) is more limited in its availability.