Flower: Female borne on a slender stalk, capped with a globose head. Male flowers borne on an upright raceme. Both are small, green in color and not showy. Apparent March to May.
Fruit: Easy to identify "gumballs", woody brown spheres, 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter with openings in the surface that release 2 seeds from each capsule. Maturing in September or November.
Twig: Medium textured, shiny green to yellow-brown, usually with apparent corky outgrowths, particularly when fast growing. The terminal bud is large and is usually sticky, covered with orange-brown scales.
Bark: Gray brown, irregular furrows and ridges.
Form: A medium to large tree with a straight stem and a pyramidal crown, especially when young.
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