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Nyssa sylvatica /Black Gum

Nyssa sylvatica  / Nyssa sylvatica
Foliage in late summer
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Foliage in late summer

Summer foliage

Foliage in late autumn

Foliage and seeds in late summer

Foliage at the height of autumn coloring

A very dependable tree for good autumn color that usually comes quite early when compared to other deciduous trees

Close-up image of foliage in full autumn color

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Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica
Common Name: Black Gum
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 30 - 40 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White, Green
Fruit present: Fall, Winter
Fruit color: Blue
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Autumn Color
Plants that Attract Birds
Comments: Splendid red color early in autumn. The bluish fruit is eaten by birds and other wildlife. Suitable for use as a landscape shade tree, particularly in urban areas. It will grow where the soils may be too moist for most trees.