There's an especially large acorn harvest this year. They're strewn everywhere.
|An acorn and a sweet gum ball|
|Polishing off a sweet gum ball|
The large deciduous hardwood tree, sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) also goes by the names redgum, sapgum, starleaf-gum and bilsted.
Up to 50 seeds can be found within each spiky ball.
They bloom with inconspicuous, yellowish-green flowers in the spring that turn to seedpods -- which are often called gumballs -- in the fall. The spiky clusters are actually balls of fruit with tiny seeds inside that birds and squirrels snack on.
By mid-fall, the balls are dead and seedless.
It's a good year for hawthorn berries this. Birds, squirrels, raccoons and rabbits like to eat fruit and seed of hawthorn.
|Lots and lots of berries|
Enjoying the Harvest
|Optimal eating position|
|Great for digestion|