Red Gum Wood Knife Scales

Liquidambar styraciflua 
Other names: Sweetgum, Redgum, Sapgum 
Family: Altingiaceae 
Natural Range: Southeastern United States


Red gum wood is reddish brown wood found in the southeastern United States.  The trees can grow up to 100ft tall in the right conditions with a truck diameter of about 2-3 feet.  The red gum wood tree got its name from an amberish fragrant fluid that exudes from the tree.  One of its other names is Ocotzocuahuitl, which translates to tree that gives pine resin.