Black Gum ‘David Odom’ AFTERBURNER

Arbor walk #91

The Black Gum, also known regionally as tupelo and black tupelo, is a part of the Nyssaceae family. The Black Gum tree can be found from the East coast to as far west as eastern Texas. St Louis and central eastern Missouri is the at the furthest northwestern extent of the range.

Name Black Gum ‘David Odom’ AFTERBURNER
Latin Name Nyssa sylvatica ‘David Odom’
Type Native Cultivar
Diameter 3” caliper
Color of Leaf Dark green but Fall color is scarlet.
Shape of Leaf Elliptical in shape with smooth margins
Color of Flower Greenish-white
Shape of Flower Female flowers in sparse clusters and male flowers in dense heads.
Fruit Characteristics Dark purple oval fruits (drupes) (in late September) (female only)
Bark Characteristics Gray brown and deeply furrowed
Foliage Type Deciduous

The Black Gum is a deciduous tree that prefers less crowded environments. The trees produce a hardwood used for industrial purposes and construction and are also notable hosts of wild honey bees. The AFTERBURNER is known for its exceptional Fall colors and pyramidal shape.

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