All orders to California will be shipped bare root in accordance with state regulations.
The Black Gum Tree is an excellent landscaping choice! Native to North America, this beautiful, stately tree is considered a shade tree and an ornamental tree. Black Gums exhibit a dense canopy of simple, ovate, extremely glossy, dark green leaves about 2”-6” in length.
Come fall, the foliage of this medium-sized tree turns vivid shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple and scarlet, making quite a statement. Black Gums produce a small, bluish-black fruit providing an abundant and assorted food source for wildlife attracting various birds and mammals, including ruffed grouse, wild turkey, songbirds, small rodents, and white-tailed deer, just to name a few. The high fat and fiber in the fruit is also an important food source for black bears.
The Black Gum Tree makes a great accent or specimen tree when used in your yard or just to line the street. They will reach a height of 30’-50’ and a canopy spread of up to 20’-30’ at maturity for generations to enjoy. Black Gum Trees grow best in fertile, moist, swampy, acidic soil with full to partial sun.
- You are purchasing one Black Gum Tree - 1 gallon pot
- Also known as Black Tupelo or Sour Gum
- Easy to care for and maintain
- Considered a shade and ornamental tree
- Dense foliage, growing into an oval canopy
- Spring blooms attract bees
- Can be shipped dormant
- Note: Images are of mature plants
- Botanical name: Nyssa sylvatica
- Mature Size(H x W) : 30’-50’ x 20’-30’
- Soil: Moist, swampy, acidic soil; sand, loam, silt
- Soil pH: Neutral to acidic
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Sun Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
- Characteristics: Dense canopy of simple, ovate, extremely glossy, dark green leaves about 2”-6” long; impressive fall foliage with shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple and scarlet
- Fruit: small, bluish-black fruit
- Growth Rate: Slow to Moderate
- Tolerance: Clay soil, wet soil
- Suggested Uses: Specimen, shade tree