The sweetgum tree featured here is a perfectly lovely specimen, but the tree alone wouldn’t qualify as “remarkable.” It’s the treehouse suspended in the sweetgum that makes the combo worthy of inclusion on this list. A couple of years back, I wrote a piece for R Home Magazine about four incredible treehouses in the Richmond area. This is the third we’ve now featured on our Remarkable Tree Map.
The homeowners have since moved on, but this beautiful structure remains. Like the slippery elm treehouse we highlighted here a few months ago, this treehouse is not just supported by its host, it’s inhabited by it. The sweetgum shoots up through the middle of the floor and pierces the walls and roof in numerous places. It’s as if the tree is wearing the 10’x10′ house. Check out our map for the location and go for a drive to see it. It’s on private property but is easily visible from the road.