+ Tall tree providing much appreciated summer shade.
- The fruit are a pain for roller skating or skate boarding.
A female Sweet Gum (Liquidambar styraciflua) a young-mature tree with a single trunk DBH 27". Live crown ratio is around 40%.
New foliage looks healthy. No significant signs of decay.
Street tree with good southern exposure. Level ground, no direct irrigation except in adjacent lawn.
House, cars, power lines.
Co-dominant leaders from the lowest scaffold branch, possibility of included bark (needs closer inspection). Some exposed roots and sidewalk lifting.
Part most likely to fail: branch failure. Moderate failure potential on moderate parts with significant targets for a hazard rating of 2+2+3 = 7.
Inspect for included bark. Prune to subordinate one leader and reduce end weight. Might be a good candidate for cabling to reduce the risk of slitting. Rationale: If this tree fails it could well split in half. Cabling might be a good idea since the leaders are so nearly equal in size, it might be difficult to get one subordinated to the other and it would unbalance the tree to remove a leader.
Keep an eye on this one since the risks will only increase with time.