Black Gum

Black Gum tree Nyssa sylvaticaCommon name: Black gum, black tupelo

Botanical name: Nyssa sylvatica

Virtues: Good shade tree that adapts to many different growing conditions. Female trees bear dark blue fruits that attract birds.

Foliage: Deciduous foliage is dark green in summer, turning bright yellow, orange, red and burgundy in the fall.

Habit: Deciduous tree to 50 feet tall with a spread of 30 feet.

Season: Summer and fall.

Low, wet woods and sandy sites in the eastern half of North America.

Cultivation: Grow in full sun or partial shade. Prefers moist acidic soil. Very tolerant of wet soil. Will even adapt to occasional drought. For fruit set, you need both a male and a female tree. USDA Zones 3–9.

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    • a few nice cultivars have recently shown up in the trade, oweing to the new found popularity of this fine ornamental. I’m hopeful my little ‘Red Rage’ will be the center piece of my backyard fall display.

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