Ted Hensley, a reader and trained tree identifier, sent me some great photos of a tree that neither one of us had ever seen. It had beautiful lobed leaves with a star-like leaf form. Turned out it is a very special sweetgum variety called roundleaf sweetgum.
Liquidambar styraciflua 'Rotundiloba' or Roundleaf Sweetgum just may be a tree you want to consider for planting. A true North American native this tree was discovered in 1930 in North Carolina. Not many people have had the privilege of seeing one of these and would make a grand yard specimen.