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Tupelo Trees - Planting Guide and Attributes

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The Beauty of the Tupelo Tree

The Tupelo Tree has gained the reputation of being an interestingly shaped, beautifully colored tree. There are ten species of these trees, five native to North America and the others native to south and east Asia. People choose this tree to add beautiful foliage to their landscape.

The Tupelo Tree is sometimes known as the Pioneer's Toothbrush due to the small, brittle twigs that can break off with a bundle of woody fibers on the end. These twigs were often used to clean the teeth in older days. Another name associated with this tree is the Beetlebung. This name came from the pioneers using hardwood to create mallets. The mallets were then used to produce barrels containing whale oil which were called beetles.

Today, the Tupelo Tree is used as a shade tree and prized for its beautiful foliage. The tree turns a glossy dark green during the summer and in fall and displays excellent colors. The leaves in fall will turn bright red, orange, yellow, and scarlet, and you may even see a hint of purple. These unique displays of colors can all appear on the same branch.

Growing your Tupelo Tree

The Black Tupelo, also called Black Gum, Sour Gum, or Pepperidge, grows in moist woody areas from North America south to the Coast and west to Oklahoma. The trees can grow to 60 feet and have been seen as high as 100 feet.

The Swamp Tupelo, also known as Cotton Gum, or Swamp Gum, grows in the swamps of the southeast. They stretch north to southern Illinois from the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River Valley. This variety typically reaches from 80 to 100 feet in height.

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The Tupelo Tree grows best in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-9. It requires full sun and, once established, should receive occasionally watering unless in extreme heat where it will need water more regularly. The average height for a mature tree is 30-50 feet, although; they have been recorded to reach greater heights. Its landscape uses have been listed as; Woodland Garden, Very Wet Areas, Fire scaping/Fire Wise, Coastal Exposure, and Specimen.

When planting the Tupelo, it is suggested to provide it with thick, acidic, moist, and well-drained soil. During the first few growing seasons, make sure to water regularly and deeply to establish its roots. Once the tree has established itself, it will prefer evenly moist soil but will tolerate dry spells and heavy moisture. In the spring, you should apply fertilizer and prune for desired shape and structure in the winter.

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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 black gum tree is found along the coastal Northeastern United States. You can find it as far south as Florida and Texas. It is also native to southern Ontario. With its broad range and beautiful appearance, it is a popular addition to many home gardens and landscape designs. This Perennial 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 names for distinguishing this specific species. What It Looks Like It 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 fairly deep into the ground, so you don't have to worry about them messing up your pavement. TN Nursery Offers Long-Lasting Beauty 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 years of family memories. When it gets large enough, the tree's beautiful fall leaves mean that it is a stunning spot for a family picnic in autumn. Why Black Gum Is a Favorite Tree 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 really stand out in autumn. As fall rolls around, the leaves turn dark red or purple. It grows well in wet areas and can also grow in dry areas. While it's known for its beauty, it is difficult 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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