"Sweetgum" in the United States, "Liquidambar" here in Australia.
Whatever you call it, Liquidambar styraciflua is putting on its magnificent autumn show right now in Perth. It's a great street tree and definitely deserves it's place at the top of the "good do-ers" list.
It's been much maligned over the years:
"It gets into sewer lines"….no, not since sewer lines changed from terracotta to plastic.
"Nothing grows under it"…..so just have mulch.
"It produces hard, round fruits which are a hazard"…..so clean them up during fruiting season.
This is the only big tree in Perth that produces autumn colour like this.
Add to that the fact that it's (a) disease-free, (b) tolerant of any soil conditions, (c) drought and heat resistant and (d) long-lived and you've got a tree you can't afford to ignore.
More power to it.
PS….this tree looks a bit wonky because one side has been pruned to clear powerlines