recent years hongkongers started knowing about the beauty of sweet gum, appreciating the colour turning in cold seasons. may i suggest you to appreciate this tree and its leaves in spring as well?
right now, spring is everywhere. the city is particularly pretty this year. would it be the nature senses the city is depressing and low in morale and tries to cheer us up? bauhinia, purple magnolia, white yulan, azelea, tree cotton … blasting all kinds of pink, red, purple, white and other colours in the air. let’s take it easy and enjoy some green. love how sweet gum presents the new green. this tree has a good-looking tree shape, standing tall, full foliage in hot season with palmately 3-lobed leaves. i love standing under big tall sweet gum in spring and look up, it is like gazing into a sweet new green galaxy.
楓香 chinese sweet gum / formosan gum (liquidambar formosana) – kingdom: plantae 植物界 | (unranked): angiosperms被子植物 | (unranked): eudicots 真雙子葉植物 | order: saxifragales 虎耳草目 | family: altingiaceae 楓香科 | genus: liquidambar 楓香樹屬 | species: l. formosana 楓香樹 wiki
過往有關楓香的專文 my previous posts on sweet gum:
further reading about sweet gum, two english and one chinese references 有關楓香延伸閱讀: