Sweetgum, sap gum, red gum, alligator-tree, alligator wood
, hazel pine, incense tree, liquidambar, satin walnut and star-leaved gum
The tree is known by a variety of names--gum ball tree, red gum, star-leafed gum, alligator wood
, and gum tree--most pertaining to the prickly balls it produces.
The tree is known by a wide variety of names, among them alligator-tree and alligator wood
(probably a reference to the warty knobs on the tree's bark), incense tree and liquidambar.