Blackgum, Black Tupelo, Sourgum, Pepperidge
Form and Growth Characteristics: Plant Type - TreeGrowth Rate - Slow to medium 12-15' over 10-15 year period.Mature Height - 30-50'Mature Width - 20-30'Longevity - Medium, generally mature between 120-150 years of age.
Ornamental Characteristics: Flower - Polygamo dioecious, small greenish yellow.Fruit - Oblong drupe .38-.50" long, bluish black late September-early October.Leaf - Fall Color - Florescent yellow to orange to scarlet to purple.Bark - Dark gray, brown, brown-black broken into thick irregular ridges which are checked across into short segments, giving it a block-like or alligator hide appearance.Other Features - Many species of birds and mammals consume the fruit. Excellent specimen tree, outstanding fall foliage.Possible Use - Season Of Interest -
Culture and Care: Care Requirements - If container grown and moved in small sizes reestablishes quite well in acid (ph 5.5-6.5) deep soils.Native Habitat - Zones 4-9, Maine, Ontario, Michigan to Florida and Texas, introduced before 1750.Diseases and Insects - Cankers. Leaf spots, Tupelo leaf miner and scale. Anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum Acutatum.Strength - Weakness -Plants of this taxon:
Find Related Plants:- Other plants with the common name Blackgum.- Other plants of the family Nyssaceae.- Other plants of the genus Nyssa.- Other plants of the species Nyssa sylvatica.