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Also known as the Alligator Tree due to the gray, deeply furrowed, scaly ridges of its bark. An aromatic, deciduous tree growing in a very symmetrical pyramidal form to a height of 40 to 75 feet. Branches spread in a horizontal fashion to 30 to 35 feet. A native easily recognized by its star-shaped leaves which are either five or seven-pointed, toothed lobes. In autumn, fallen red and gold stars make a beautiful cover on walkways and grasses. Squirrels are often caught hoarding the prickly seed balls which persist into winter. The seeds are also a favorite of songbirds, turkeys, and chipmunks. Plant in deep, moist, slightly acidic soil in full sun. (4 yr, 2-3 ft.)