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Blackgum

Nyssa sylvatica

GIS Coordinate:
N40 21.007 W94 52.956

Trail Number:
G9

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Description

Family:
Nyssaceae

Foliage:
Leaves simple, alternate, 3-6 inches long. Beautiful scarlet fall color

Native Locale:
Maine, Ontario, Michigan to Florida and Texas

Mature Height:
30 to 50 feet

Mature Width:
20 to 30 feet

Hardiness Zones:
Zone 4 to 9

Soil Preference:
Prefers moist, well drained, acid(pH 5.5 to 6.5), deep soils

Growth Habit:
Somewhat pyramidal when young with densely set branches, some of which are pendulous; in old age the numerous spreading and often horizontal branches from an irregularly rounded or flat- topped crown

Rate of Growth:
Slow to Medium, 12 to 15 each period

Disease and Insect:
Cankers, leaf spots, rust, tupelo leaf miner and scale

Landscape Value:
n/a

Additional Notes:

  • Bluish-black fruit is eaten by many species of birds
  • Also known as Black Tupelo and Sour Gum.

Photos

Leaf - BlackgumSpring - BlackgumSummer - BlackgumSummer '08 - BlackgumSummer '08 Bark - Blackgum