Sweet gum  (Liquidambar styraciflua)

Native to the southern half of Indiana

Five-lobed (star-shaped), glossy leaves and woody, prickly, ball-shaped fruits that hang down on a stalk are the most characteristic features of this tree.  Corky ridges are often found on older twigs.  Fall colors are often spectacular. The sweet, resinous sap (liquidambar)is used in soaps and adhesives.

To learn more about Sweet gum, visit its profile at the USDA Plants Database