Sweet gum trees could soon be axe-ready in Charleston

Image by Flickr user jessica.diamond Sweet gum trees are the makers of these beloved spiky balls.

The wheels of government are already turning in the City of Charleston to fast track the removal sweet gum trees from a list of protected trees.

It's a cause that 91-year-old Russell Horres of West Ashley championed after he lost taste of the 70-foot Liquidambar styraciflua in his yard.

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