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Black Gum Tree

Black Gum Tree

The Black Gum Tree is often known by three other names, the Pepperidge, Black Tupelo, and Sour Gum Tree. There are many nicknames given to this specimen, including the bowl gum and wild pear tree. The Black Tupelos can reach as tall as 60 feet and as broad as 25 to 30 feet when mature providing a full canopy that blocks the sunlight and offers plenty of shade for gardens, decks, and medium to large yards.

Some plants can get to 80 feet tall in the right conditions. These trees are commonly used in parks, nature zones, wildlife areas, commercial lots, farms, and fall viewing destinations because of their vibrant Autumn colors.

Black Gum tree leaves range from; vivid yellows and oranges to bold scarlets, fiery reds, and brilliant purple hues. The plant has oval-shaped, dark green leaves that are incredibly shiny unless planted in acidic soil, where they will be duller with subdued green color.

Many people recognize the Gum Trees by their bluish-black fruits that resemble blueberries and the dark gray, blocky bark with deep shades of gray and black between the squares of wood. The berries invite many species of birds and wildlife to their presence.

Black Gum Tree

Growing your Black Gum Tree

Often grown in hardiness zones four through nine, the Black Gum Tree is slow to moderate growing plant that can gain between 12 to 24 inches each year. The tree prefers full sun, but it can quickly adapt to partial shade, especially if it is transplanted during the earlier stages of growth. It should have at least four hours of full sun to get the most color and growth out of the specimen.

The Pepperidge Tree does well in loamy, acidic, sandy, and well-draining soils. It is versatile and adapts nicely to dry or alkaline soil, but it does decrease the boldness of the colors and the deep hue of glossy green typical of the Black Gum Tree leaves.

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Black Gum - Tupelo Tree - TN Nursery

Black Gum - Tupelo Tree

The Black Gum tree has some striking features, like beautiful foliage. In the spring, the tree unfurls glossy green leaves that transition into vibrant shades of red, orange, and purple during the fall season. This stunning color change provides a visually captivating display of any landscape. Native to eastern North America, the tree is found along the coastal Northeastern United States. It can be seen as far south as Florida and Texas. It is also native to southern Ontario. Its broad range and beautiful appearance make it a popular addition to many home gardens and landscape designs. Black Gum Tree Has Many Names It has developed many names over time. There are other species of it, known as swamp type and yellow type, so the common names are better for distinguishing this specific species. Black Gum has a lovely appearance and beautiful fall colors. It is a medium-height tree with alligator-like bark. While it might be a large tree, it won't destroy your sidewalks and driveway. The roots grow pretty deep into the ground, so you don't have to worry about them messing up your pavement. Black Gum Trees Lives Over 70 Years Once you plant yours, you can enjoy its beauty for the rest of your life. These trees can live for more than 70 years if they are cared for properly. After you plant your tree, you can enjoy many family memories. When it gets large enough, the tree's beautiful fall leaves make it a stunning spot for a family picnic in autumn. Black Gum Has Stunning Pink Growth  In spring, it has gorgeous reddish-pink growth. As summer rolls around, the leaves turn dark green. While the leaves are lovely in spring and summer, they stand out in autumn when they turn dark red or purple. Black Gum grows well in wet areas and can also develop in dry areas. While it's known for its beauty, it isn't easy to find in plant nurseries. If you are lucky enough to get one of these beautiful trees, take your time to enjoy it.

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