Black Gum

Definition - What does Black Gum mean?

Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica) refers to a medium-sized wetland tree that is native to North America. Also found in Mexico, this tree can grow up to 82 feet tall and normally sports a trunk diameter that ranges between 20 to 39 inches. With a straight trunk, the branches of the Black Gum generally tend to extend at right angles.

Black Gum, also sometimes referred to as a black tupelo or simply a tupelo, is a medium-sized deciduous tree that yields greenish-white and small flowers that are considered an excellent source of nectar for insects.

MaximumYield explains Black Gum

Some forms of the Black Gum can also be found in eastern US states. This tree is additionally known for its glossy green leaves that normally measure around five inches long. Contrary to popular belief, this tree is devoid of sap and cannot produce any kind of gum.

As far as cutting them down is concerned, Black Gum trees are considered problematic among forestry workers since their interconnected grains makes them difficult to work with. On the other hand, the interconnected grains ensure stability and solidity, which is why this wood is commonly used to make handles as well as other types of agricultural equipment.

According to botanical expert Mike Dirr from Georgia, the Black Gum is considered a first-rate landscape tree.

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