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Kentucky Color: Sweet Gum ball

Some say the alien-looking balls will deter cat, dog invasions of landscaping
For the next earlier Kentucky Color, Body Shop ArtBilly Joe Fudge

Sweet Gum is a wet-land loving tree but will grow about anywhere. If a cat has nine lives then Sweet Gum has hundreds. Cut him down and he will sprout right back.

These little alien-looking seed balls are pretty hard and pretty prickly. The seed matures inside the balls in late fall. The little beaks open up and allow the seed to escape on the wind. Some fall off all during the winter and even into early spring.

Some folks say that if sprinkled on top of mulch they will discourage the encroachment of neighbor's cats and dogs into your valued landscaping. I would have no personal knowledge of such things. -Billy Joe Fudge

This story was posted on 2010-02-25 04:24:26
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Kentucky Color: Sweet Gum Balls

2010-02-25 - Adair Co., KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge. "The alien-looking seed balls are pretty hard and pretty prickly," Billy Joe Fudge says. He adds that the beaks pop open and allow Sweet Gum seeds to be carried away in the wind.
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