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Sweetgum Trees

Sweet gum tree limb

Sweetgum burrs are a painful way of identifying the tree.

Les Harrison is the UF/IFAS Wakulla County Extension Director

Most Wakulla natives will have no problem identifying the sweetgum tree, due to its unique–and painful–burrs, yet few know of the superstition behind them. Besides being sold online as craft items, the seed pods are also popularly sold as, “witch’s burrs.”

Sweetgum burrs are believed, by some, to ward off negativity and serve as amulets of protection. Locals experiencing the burrs barefoot know the opposite to be true. Read the full article here!

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