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Plant Details

Nyssa sylvatica

Blackgum, Black Tupelo, Sourgum, Pepperidge

Scientific Name:

Nyssa sylvatica

Common Name:

Blackgum, Black Tupelo, Sourgum, Pepperidge

Plant Family

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Tree

Bloom Color(s):

greenish yellow

Size in Feet:

90 - 100

Soil Moisture:

mesic to xeric(*)

Bloom Time:

April - May

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont, Mountains

Blackgum, Nyssa sylvatica

Blackgum has dense foliage, brilliant red fall color, and small blue-black fruit attractive to wildlife. It's also an important bee tree for honey. It grows in many habitats, from moist woods along streams to dry uplands.

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Charley Winterbauer, April 2012, Wilmington

Leaves

Blackgum leaves are easily mistaken for Persimmon, Diospyros virginiana, but Blackgum leaves are usually glossy above and will sometimes have a few teeth on the margins. Blackgum twigs have terminal buds which Persimmons lack.

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Twig

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Branching pattern

Blackgum branches usually are short and come off the tree at right angles. Lower branches of young trees may have a distinct droop.

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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