Black Gum

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We ship bare-root plants which are dormant (in a wintertime state) and have no pretty foliage, blooms, or greenery but they will bloom out in the following spring after they are planted and be beautiful.This is why we offer a 1 year warranty to show our customers their plants will thrive come spring.

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We dig fresh our plants and ship immediately. We ship US Mail, Priority shipping. You will receive a tracking number once your plants ship. All plants will be fine in their packages for up to 3 days after receiving.

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We sell only bare root plants. We dip the roots in tera-sorb silicone gel to retain ample moisture for transit and surround with plastic. This is superior protection for plants in transit for up to 12 days.

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Open your plants and inspect the same day received. We offer 3 days to report any problems with your order. Bare root plants need to be planted within 2-3 days of receiving unless weather-related problems prohibit planting. Store in a cool place and keep roots moist and covered with plastic until they can be planted. Water for the first week daily after planting.

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Black Gum - Nyssa sylvatica 

Black Gum or Nyssa sylvatica is an Eastern North American tree. This kind of tree is found in places like Ontario, Canada, to locations like the coast of Florida and Texas. This tree is considered a Kentucky native as well as a native to North America. Occasionally the trees are found in Mexico. The USDA hardiness zone for Black Gum trees is 3-9. Due to the Black Gum’s densely packed branches and leaves, this tree is considered a shade tree because it can block sunlight. The Black Gum can grow between 30 to 50 feet tall and can reach between 20 and 30 feet in diameter once it reaches full maturity. The sun exposure preference for this tree is full to partial sunlight with between 4 and 5 hours of direct sunlight.


 The Black Gum tree can grow in different soil types: acidic, moist, loamy, and sandy. Due to the durability of the tree, it can live in different areas of the United States and Canada. However, The Black Gum tree prefers well-drained moist soil with acidity, and this will allow the tree to grow and reach the correct maturity size. The Black Gum produces bluish-black grape-shaped fruit; This fruit can attract wild animals, birds, and bees. The fruits ripen in the spring, around September and October.


 The Black Gum is known for its vibrant red leaves. This tree can hold different hues of red. The range of reds the tree can reach are gold yellows to dark purples. The fall colors on the Black Gum tree are beautiful, especially to wildlife. The Black Gum occasionally changes to vibrant green color. The tones of the tree primarily depend on the time of year. When the tree begins to get older, it gets shorter. The Black Gum is well known for being a substantial honey-producing tree. The trees begin to decay from top to bottom. Often the trees that are hollowing are cut down and used as beehives.


Black Gum grows in zones 3-9

Black gum is considered one of the most attractive natives trees around Missouri State; It does not contain any severe insect or disease problems. It does its best in zones 3 to 9. Black gum can be easily grown in average or medium to wet soils in preferably part shade or full sun. It is fundamentally a lowland tree that is found in low wet forests. It is also found near pond peripheries, bottomlands, ravines, and dry, rocky wooded slopes. The average height of a black gum tree is 30 to 50 feet and can spread up to 20 to 30 feet. The scientific name of black gum is Nyssa Sylvatica. It belongs to the family of flowering plants known as Cornaceae.


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