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Black Gum Tree

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Drought Tolerant Plants,
November Through April
Height At Maturity
Over 20 Feet
Sun And Shade,
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Shipping Information

We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.

How We Protect Your Plants For Transit

All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped

Upon Receipt Of Your Plants

Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.

Shipping Dates
Ships November through April


Black Gum Tree-Nyssa Sylvatica is also known as the Black Tupelo

Black Gum-Nyssa sylvatica, also known as Black Tupelo, is part of the Tupelo family (Nyssaceae). It is a tree that grows slowly or at a medium rate and prefers moist, rich, silty loam, sandy, acidic, well-draining soil types. The tree requires full sun and partial shade, getting at least 4 hours of unfiltered, direct sunlight, and will grow anywhere from 30 to 50 feet tall and a width of 20 to 30 feet. Rarely will a wild Black Gum grow to 100’ in height and is winter hardy in Zones 4-9. The leaves of Black Gum are varied in color, and especially so in autumn. The leaves can vary in color from orange, yellow, purple, or red in the fall. There are flowers, but they are small, and the berries, which are blue/black, are enjoyed by wildlife. The bark of Black Gum is in six-sided plates, which makes it unique and thick. The bark is suitable for making tool handles, but the tree has a twisted grain, so it cannot be split.

Black Gum Tree produces honey that is a favorite among honey producers

 What is probably little known about the Black Gum is that it is one of the favorite trees, when with other tupelo types of trees, it produces honey that is a favorite among honey producers. In addition to wildlife enjoying the berries, bees are provided with food from the Black Gum early to late spring. The honey is described as mild-tasting and light (especially in Florida, which does a million dollars annually). Old Black Gum trees that have decayed are hollow and then cut down, creating smaller sections used for beehives.


 If someone is interested in having Black Gum as a tree in their landscape, it is best to buy from a trusted local source with a colorful seedling. Black Gum trees have a hard time reproducing vegetatively, so there have not been many selections created. Ensure that you have a good location, suitable soil, and the correct zone before planting a Black Gum.


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