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Black Gum tree has a fall beauty that will be a spectacular addition to your area

Black Gum has a straight trunk with a distinctive bark that forms deep holes. It can reach a height of 30 to 50 feet and a width of 20-30 feet approximately. Black gum is a deciduous tree, which means it can bear either male or female flowers. It grows in swamp margins, savannas, and dry forests. It can also be located on the dry slopes of hills and mountains. 

Black gum trees are native trees in eastern North America that extend from Ontario to Florida and west to Texas. It mainly grows in the United States. It can survive in a climate zone of three to nine and requires full sun to grow.

However, it can survive in shade-tolerant areas. Moreover, it tolerates drought conditions. It is used to grow in moist soil and grow in standing water. Though, mature trees can grow in dry soil as well. The main reason for purchasing a black gum tree is that it is highly resistant to air pollution, and it is virtually test-free.

 Black gum tree primary identification is its dark barks

 The barks resemble that of the scales of an alligator, which eventually makes it easier to recognize. The leaves of the tree are oval with a round base. Leaves are dark green and shiny in summer, whereas they have a deep red fall color from yellow-orange. The length of the leaves is about two to six inches long on average. Fruits are often found on the tree as soon as the leaves change color. Moreover, greenish-white flowers tend to appear in springtime as well. 

Black gum does well in moist, acidic soils but is quite adaptive to others. It is the best choice to support wildlife in the landscape and act as a shade tree. It is preferred to plant them in a large area to have plenty of room to grow.

Black gum requires regular watering, but once it is stable, you won't require watering until the climate is dry. Late fall or late winter has been regarded as the best time to prune black gum. Minor pruning is preferred only if any lower branches bend downwards. They offer essential food sources for various wildlife.

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9 

Sun Exposure: High to Medium 

Height at Maturity: 30-50 feet 

Ship as: Bareroot 

The black gum tree is increasing in popularity because few trees tend to match the adaptability of this tree. It is among the first trees to provide autumn leaf color. It is helpful to people, wildlife, and the environment as it provides three-fold benefits. Get your hands on this attractive and radiant Black Gum for Sale before it sells out.


Black Gum Tree-Nyssa Sylvatica is also known as the Black Tupelo

Black Gum-Nyssa sylvatica, also known as Black Tupelo, is part of the Tupelo family (Nyssaceae). It is a tree that grows slowly or at a medium rate and prefers moist, rich, silty loam, sandy, acidic, well-draining soil types. The tree requires full sun and partial shade, getting at least 4 hours of unfiltered, direct sunlight, and will grow anywhere from 30 to 50 feet tall and a width of 20 to 30 feet.

Rarely will a wild Black Gum grow to 100’ in height and is winter hardy in Zones 4-9. The leaves of Black Gum are varied in color, and especially so in autumn. The leaves can vary in color from orange, yellow, purple, or red in the fall. There are flowers, but they are small, and the berries, which are blue/black, are enjoyed by wildlife. The bark of Black Gum is in six-sided plates, which makes it unique and thick. The bark is suitable for making tool handles, but the tree has a twisted grain, so it cannot be split.

Black Gum Tree produces honey that is a favorite among honey producers

 What is probably little known about the Black Gum is that it is one of the favorite trees, when with other tupelo types of trees, it produces honey that is a favorite among honey producers. In addition to wildlife enjoying the berries, bees are provided with food from the Black Gum early to late spring. The honey is mild-tasting and light (especially in Florida, which does a million dollars annually). Old Black Gum trees decayed are hollow and then cut down, creating smaller sections used for beehives.

 If someone is interested in having Black Gum as a tree in their landscape, it is best to buy a colorful seedling from a trusted local source. Black Gum trees have a hard time reproducing vegetative, so many selections have not been created. Ensure that you have a good location, suitable soil, and the correct zone before planting a Black Gum.


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Planting Zones 4-9
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