Black Gum Tree

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Exceptional Fall Color Native Black Gum

  • Showy Tree is Native to North America
  • Great for Accent or Shade
  • Called the Tupelo Honey Tree
  • Tiny Clusters of Flowers Bloom for Months
  • Excellent Nectar-Resource for Pollinators
  • Small Fall Fruit Feeds Songbirds
  • Outstanding Scarlet, Yellow-Orange and Purple Fall Color
  • Pyramidal Canopy
  • Tolerates Light Shade
  • Glossy Green Foliage
  • Large Oblong Obovate Leaves Lend Tropical Look
  • Incredibly Tough Wood with Interlocking Grain
  • Disease and Pest Resistant

Produce a legacy with a managed landscape of native trees. One of the finest for wildlife and fall color is our magnificent Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica). It's also called Sour Gum or Black Tupelo.

This majestic tree is considered by many to be one of our most beautiful native trees. Use it as a shade tree, street tree, or create a lucrative business opportunity with an orchard of Black Gum trees and managed bee hives.

Black Gum tree has outstanding foliage. Five-inch long leaves are glossy dark green on top and pale underneath.

They'll flash and murmur in the breeze and create a very restful experience. Sling yourself a hammock in their shade to while away a lazy hour or two.

The tree is a wildlife resource...with clusters of tiny, light greenish white flowers that bloom for months in springtime. As you might imagine, beneficial pollinators appreciate the reliable nectar.

If you grow your own food, you should consider adding a Black Gum to shade your outdoor entertainment area. This pollinator-friendly choice will help boost your yields from your Victory Gardens and Backyard Orchards.

Naturalize it near a creek bed or water feature. Or, keep it in a mulched bed underplanted with smaller shrubs like Yew or Distylium.

Cooler fall temperatures bring an incredible color display. The leaves turn a burnished mix of brilliant scarlet, purple, orange and yellow.

This special tree appears to glow in the fall when light shines through the colorful leaves. Plant this deciduous tree where you can enjoy it from multiple vantage points, including indoors.

On a large property, consider using several Black Gums in a curved island bed planting. Gift yourself a handsome vista to enjoy from your deck or patio.

Black Gum is pyramidal when young and then opens with age, The airy, pendulous branch structure catches frost and light snow through winter. Black Gum's lovely form and textured bark brings a tremendous amount of visual interest.

All Black Gum are honey plants for bees and the small, dark blue fruit attracts birds. Make this spectacular native part of your diverse landscape and support a healthy ecology.

Order Black Gum trees from our native plant experts today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Black Gum Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Nyssa sylvatica
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Green
Foliage Green
Fall Color Orange, Red, Pink
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes