Liquidambar styraciflua is a tree native across the southeast. This tree is a common pioneer species, often one of the first hardwood species to grow on a site. It does well on many soil types, and prefers to grow in the full sun. It has star-shaped serrated leaves, and pointy “gum ball” fruits. It is a host plant for several native moth species, and the seeds are popular among birds (especially goldfinches) in the fall/winter. Liquidambar styraciflua is excellent for restoration projects.