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