Why are gum trees called gum trees?



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    When the branches are broken they produce copious amounts of a very thick sap. All gum trees are a type of Eucalyptus but not all Eucalyptus are gum trees.

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    There are several kinds of gum trees;

    Sweet gum (http://www.assateague.com/gum.html)

    Black Gum (Black Tupelo) (http://www.tree-pictures.com/black_tupelo_tree_pictures.html)

    Various Eucalyptus Trees (http://www.gondwananet.com/australian-gum-tree.html)

    As greenjellybean said, they produce thick sap or resin, which is where they get their name.

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