Self HealingPosted: February 2, 2017
I was quite surprised when I took a look at this Sweet Gum tree on my property. It is close to my neighbor’s line and had a large hole in it. The hold always seemed to be full of water and dripping liquid. I was actually concerned it was rotting and worried it could fall on the neighbor’s house. I had an arborist look at the Sweet Gum and he said it would be fine for now.
Apparently, it was healing itself with all that dripping fluid. It went from a big hole to completely closed. If only I knew that was happening, I would have documented the healing.
Another Sweet Gum on the property has a hollow hole and it has not healed itself. It has provided refuge for opossum mothers and snakes.
The tree’s botanical name is Liquidambar styraciflua. There was certainly a large quantity of liquid coming out of the wound. The sap of the Sweet Gum tree can be dried and used for chewing gum. (Do your own research before trying.) The sap was used for gum flavor into the 1920’s.