Sweet Gum

Sweet Gum

Liquidambar styraciflua

 

The Sweet Gum tree, originating from the southeastern United States, isn't native to Georgia. It has distinctive star-shaped leaves and spiky seed pods but poses no harm to humans. Blooming with small greenish-yellow flowers in spring, it adds aesthetic charm. While its wood is used in furniture making, its resin holds anti-inflammatory properties, used historically in herbal medicine. Additionally, it serves as a habitat for various bird species, contributing to local biodiversity.

 

Bible Verse

Matthew 6:25-34

Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin.But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?