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Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)

Black Gum

One of the best, most consistent and most beautiful trees in fall. Excellent specimen tree and acceptable street tree in residential areas. Oblong, 1/2", bluish black fruit, ripening late September through early October, are eaten by many species of birds and animals.

Size: 30 to 50 feet high by 20 to 30 feet wide

Shape: Distinctly pyramidal in youth with densely set branches, some of which are pendulous; in old age horizontal branches form an irregularly rounded or flat-topped crown.

Fall Color: Fluorescent yellow, orange, scarlet and maroon.

Rate of Growth: Slow to medium.

Other Attributes: Bark is broken into thick, irregular ridges, which are checked across into short segments giving it a block-like or alligator hide appearance.

Growing Conditions: Plant in full sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well-drained, acid, deep soils; shelter from winds.

Prices vary according to size, variety, and availability.


Please Note: Trees cannot be shipped outside of the DC/Baltimore Metropolitan areas. Tree prices and sizes are subject to change.

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