Black Gum

Arbor Walk #91, Treekeeper ID #5922

The Black Gum, also known regionally as Black Tupelo, is a part of the Nyssaceae family, which used to be under the dogwood 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 are at the furthest northwestern extent of its range.

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.

More information on the Black Gums in our Arboretum here!

Common NameBlack Gum, Black Tupelo
Latin NameNyssa sylvatica
Indigenous Name(s)
Cultivar/Variety ‘David Odom’
Commercial Name AFTERBURNER

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