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Economic importance of Liquidambar formosana

Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Saxifragales
Family: Hamamelidaceae
Species: Liquidambar formosana
Common name: Formosa sweet gum
Origin: China

Description: Formosa Sweet gum has a wide, pyramidal shape when young but eventually grows to a rounded or irregular form. Young specimens may vary in form and be somewhat irregular. It has a more rounded crown than native Sweet gum. The large,  three-lobed leaves, purplish-red when young, are dark green through the growing season and in fall turn a beautiful yellow-red colour in the south or red in the north. Branches are covered with characteristic corky projections.

Economic Importance:

  • Wood of L. formosana has been tried as a source of paper.
  • Used in china for tea chests.
  • Leaves used to rear silk worms.
  • Tree yields a balsam known as Chinese storax.

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