Also known as black tupelo, it is an attractive, variable-shaped, deciduous tree. It grows to 30-60 ft. or taller, with horizontally spreading branches. Blackgum is a handsome ornamental and shade tree and it is also a honey plant that provides ample nectar for bees. The juicy, bitter fruit is consumed by many birds and mammals although multiple trees may be needed for significant production. This species tolerates drier soils but more commonly found in low-lying sites with high water tables.
It is the longest living non-clonal flowering plant in Eastern North America, capable of obtaining ages of over 650 years.
Current Sale size: 18-24" bare root seedlings
Transplant Establishment Difficulty: High
* We do not guarantee plant survival.
Growth Rate: Slow growing
Soils: Sand, Clay, Loam
Moisture: Dry to Wet
Shade Tolerance: Sun to Shade
Mature Height: 30-60 ft, up to 100 ft.
Deer Damage Potential: Low
Uses: ornamental, shade, wildlife, birds, bees, erosion control
USDA Plant Profile