Black Gum Tree

Sun And Shade, Full Sun,
Height At Maturity
Over 20 Feet
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Planting Zones 4-9
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Black Gum Tree Description


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


The Black Gum tree 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. It 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. 


These are native trees in eastern North America, extending 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 virtually test-free.


The black gum tree's primary identification is its dark bark.


Black gum's bark resembles 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 leaves are 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. 


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


It requires regular watering, but once stable; you won't require watering until the climate is dry. Fall or winter has been regarded as the best time to prune this tree. Minor pruning is preferred only if any lower branches bend downwards. They offer essential food sources for various wildlife.


This 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.




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


Black gum 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 it is winter hardy in Zones 4-9. The leaves are varied in color, 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 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.


Little known about this tree is that it is one of the favorite trees when with other tupelo types of trees, it produces honey, a favorite among honey producers. In addition to wildlife enjoying the berries, bees are provided food from this tree in early to late spring. The honey is mild-tasting and light (especially in Florida, which makes a million dollars annually). 


If someone is interested in having it as a tree in their landscape, it is best to buy a colorful seedling from a trusted local source. These trees have difficulty reproducing vegetative, so many selections have yet to be created. Ensure a good location, suitable soil, and the correct zone before planting Black Gum.




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Reviews (1)

  • 4
    nice tree

    Posted by pam growya on Oct 01, 2022

    came well packaged too

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