As a general rule, it is always difficult to take a
good picture during humid and foggy early spring because there is
not enough sunlight and the camera is easily got wet. However, if
you can overcome the above difficulties, you will have a unique
Trees in family Hamamelidaceae
are flowering in February, the most familiar example is
The flowers are unisexual, they are blossom in the most humid spring.
The male flowers are fallen down first and the female flowers are
nurturing into fruits gradually. The seeds will then fall on the
ground, left only the fruit shells on the tree for a few months. You
will probably miss the male flowers if you only appreciate this tree
on a sunny day.
There are many black and small scales on the male
flowers (top left picture), they look like hair. The female flowers
grouped in solitary
heads (top right picture)
stay on the trunk. The picture at the bottom
including the male flowers, the female flowers, the fresh leaves and
the spherical heads since last year is the best Sweet Gum shot!
The Chinese name of Sweet Gum楓香 is based on its
three-lobed, maple-like leaves and it has scent. The genus name in
its scientific name
formosana’ has its meaning,
means liquid, ‘ambar’
is amber, implying this tree can general fragrance sap.
translated by Paula Wong