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Black Gum Trees overview

Black Gum Trees

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The Blackgum tree, Nyssa sylvatica, is also known as the Black Tupelo or Sourgum.   The Blackgum tree is considered one of our most beautiful native trees.  It is thought of as one of the five best shade trees in America!

The Black tupelo tree makes an excellent specimen tree with its outstanding summer and fall foliage and habit. It is lovely in a naturalized area.  The Blackgum has moderate water requirements, and displays a moderate tolerance to salt and alkali soils.  It does not tolerate standing water. 

This deciduous tree displays a lustrous dark green color in the summer and has outstanding scarlet fall color. The tree appears to glow red in fall because the leaves are thin enough to let light shine through!

The Blackgum tree is pyramidal when young and then opens with age.  Some branches are pendulous, and the right-angled branches are attractive in winter.

It is a good street tree that casts light shade.  The Blackgum tree is a honey plant for bees and the fruit attracts birds.

* Outstanding fall color

* Great shade tree

* Attracts bees and birds


Black Gum Trees Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Nyssa sylvatica
Foliage Green
Mature Height 40 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 20 - 30 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Flower Color Not Showy