Nyssa sylvatica

Blackgum, Black Tupelo, Sourgum, Pepperidge

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth 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.
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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.
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- Other plants with the common name Blackgum.
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- Other plants of the species Nyssa sylvatica.