Sweetgum cuttings hold up well in water which make them useful for raising caterpillars inside.
Some of the US's biggest/prettiest moths use sweetgum as a host plant for their caterpillars:
I've been wanting my own sweetgum but had limited space available. Found that there are "Silhouette" sweetgums that get only 10 feet across. I had a 12 footer planted earlier this year. Supposedly, the sub-species I got does not produce many spiky balls. I'm waiting to see whether that is true.
Thanks for this information. I have read there is some concern that the Luna is in jeopardy, and that worries me. Even if not only for their beauty, the sweet gum is important enough as a host plant, particularly for the beautiful Luna. I have not seen one in a long time.
Again thank you for providing us with this info.
Good to know.