- Common Name(s):
- Black gum, Black tupelo, Sour gum
Native; difficult to transplant due to taproot; casts light shade; good street tree if not heavily polluted; does not tolerate standing water; honey plant for bees; fruit attracts birds
- 40-60 ft.
- Flowers are not showy; 0.5 in. bluish black fruit in fall
- Sun to partial shade; prefers moist, well drained soil; provide shelter from wind; tolerates wet soil and clay
- Pyramidal when young; opens with age; some branches are pendulous; right angled branches are attractive in winter
- 20-30 ft.
- Growth Rate:
- Slow to moderate
- 3-6 in. alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; yellow, orange, red to purple fall color
NCCES plant id: 2064