This is a large tree commonly found in swampy areas and
grows to 60'-80' in height, with a straight trunk and
rough grayish bark. It's narrow crown is often rounded if
grown in the open. Blackgum has deciduous, alternate,
glossy green leaves 2"-5" long. The fruits are
oval, dark blue drupes about ½" long, with a large
It can be found growing both on upland sites and on
moist, rich soil near swamps and stream edges. It is
native to the eastern United States, from southern Maine
to southwestern Wisconsin, south to Florida, and west to
Light: Full sun to partial shade. Moisture: Moist, well drained. Hardiness: USDA Zones 5-9. Propagation: Seeds.
Used as a landscape specimen and shade tree. For many
years, blackgum was regarded as a weed tree by the forest
products trade. It is now commonly used to make plywood,
boxes, pulp, cooperage, woodenware, handles and other
items. Bee keepers seek out the tupelos while in bloom,
because almost everyone in the southern United States
considers tupelo honey particularly flavorful.
With glossy green foliage turning to bright colors in the
fall, blackgum makes a fine addition to any landscape.
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