DogDaz Zoo: Not Very ‘Sweet Gum’ Balls

18 Apr


All year long the Sweet Gum trees drop these horrible, spiny, rolly polly, itchy balls. They never seem to stop, but they are worse in the spring and fall.  We don’t have any on our property, but everyone else does, so we might as well. They litter the roads, the driveways, and the gardens.


Everywhere, and I mean everywhere you walk or look are these icky brown balls. The dogs jump when they step on them and Mom has fallen flat on the ground by stepping on one.


The Sweet Gum is anything but! I really don’t know any human that eats the spiny fruit but I hear that it is sour. And even after the seeds disperse the little brown balls just keep their shape and hang on the tree throughout the winter months.


A positive side of this tree is the beautiful color it gives us in the fall and the fact that the goldfinches, purple finches, squirrels, and chipmunks eat the seeds. I understand that it is the most important hardwood in the southeastern United States (where we live), but that doesn’t mean we like them. No, not at all.


Louise says OUCH!

Do you have a tree or bush you hate where you live?  What is it?

Just another DogDaz morning at the zoo ❤


Posted by on April 18, 2016 in Animals


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11 responses to “DogDaz Zoo: Not Very ‘Sweet Gum’ Balls

  1. easyweimaraner

    April 18, 2016 at 04:11

    we have to bear the sweet chestnuts and their horrible spiky fruits, they are everywhere and the streets are covered with prickly mines…. your sweet gum and our sweet chestnut could be the botanical Overlook-Twins :o(

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2016 at 07:08

      Can you eat them?

      • easyweimaraner

        April 18, 2016 at 07:12

        yes, but they mostly are wormy… we rather buy them in stores or look for the best ones of the neighbors tree :o) the mama hates that hot chestnuts, butt my dad loves them… he could live from roasted chest nuts :o)

        • dogdaz

          April 18, 2016 at 09:40

          I like them in winter and from street vendors in the city.

  2. Genevieve Petrillo

    April 18, 2016 at 05:10

    Be careful of your gorgeous paws (and feet), girls. There aren’t any seed balls by our house, just green stuff that tracks in on our feet every spring. It makes Mom vacuum and swiffer even more than her usual twice a day!

    Love and licks,

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2016 at 07:09

      Everything has that yellow green haze. Mom is dusting and vacuuming too

  3. fredrieka

    April 18, 2016 at 06:47

    Beauty and sour did either of the two black dogs try these things. I have a habit of sniffing and trying things. We learn quick somethings are not worth trying

    • dogdaz

      April 18, 2016 at 07:10

      To spiny to eat but don’t think they’re poison.

  4. Misty Shores Chesapeakes

    April 19, 2016 at 20:18

    We have these awful Catalpa trees that sprout up everywhere and we just can’t seem to get ahead of them, they are quite invasive.

    • dogdaz

      April 19, 2016 at 20:46

      I need to look those up.

      • Misty Shores Chesapeakes

        April 19, 2016 at 20:52

        I had to look them up to find the name but as soon as I saw the photo I said ah ha that is the culprit!

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