Growing Sweetgum Trees

I have several sweet gum trees in my yard. Prior to the leaves forming a green thing is dropped from the bud, they are about 2 inches long and are a pain to clean up. What are they called and what is their purpose?
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May 6, 20191 found this helpful

The things that fall off are seed pods.

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May 7, 20191 found this helpful

These are the sweet gum flowers (basically the reproductive parts of the tree so they drop take root and you get more trees)--this article explains them way better than I could:

naturewalk.yale.edu/.../american-sweetgum-46

They are messy, but to me, when they dry out and get brown (people love them for crafts) but I find those even more annoying. This is one tree I do not miss having. As pretty as they are, they are so messy!

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May 8, 20190 found this helpful

I have this tree. They're not for small - medium properties. Mine is maybe 75 - 90 foot at this time. I find them all ever my property. What I mainly do to get rid of them is keeping grassy areas mowed. In flower beds if theyre not close to plants I want to keep is cut them back to maybe 4 inches, then I pour a mixture of vinegar, lots of salt, and dishwashing liquid on them.

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I drench plant and soil around it. I keep checking it. I repeat this every few days to a week. So far it's worked for me.

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