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You may remember making Christmas ornaments as a child from the spiny balls of the sweet gum tree. Don’t let your feelings of nostalgia lure you into planting one, though. The sweet gum does have a lovely shape and brilliant autumn color. But those seedpods rain down by the hundreds, if not thousands, and are very difficult to rake up. This one is not for homeowners who want to spend less time working in the yard and garden.
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