Black Gum Tree – 5/31/20

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/31/20

Observation Time: 5:15 p.m.

Observation Location: Trustees of Reservations’ Moose Hill Farm

Common Name: Black Gum Tree

Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica

Comments: Also known as black tupelo, this is one of the most attractive native trees around. Summer leaves are a dark green with a high-gloss appearance, but the most spectacular part of this tree is the fall foliage with many shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple or scarlet that may appear on the same branch. Bark resembles alligator hide. Fruit is bluish-black and is loved by many birds. Grows 30′-50′ high, with a 20′-30′ spread. Prefers well-drained, acid soils, and full sun to partial shade.

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