Black Tupelo - Sour Gum -
Black Gum is a splendid ornamental tree of pyramidal shape and
beautiful green leaves. A great specimen tree. Leaves will turn brilliant orange
and red in the fall to contrast with bright blue small fruit which can hang in
thru November. Black Gum flowers May to June with long slender pendicules. The fruit is 1/2" long, blue-black ripens in the fall and is
eaten by many birds and mammals. Bark is rough, dark gray, broken into
many-sided plates and deeply furrowed. The twigs on a black gum are greenish or light brown, smooth
or often downy. The buds are 1/4" long and dark red. The wood is heavy, soft, strong, very tough, difficult to split,
not durable in contact with the soil, pale yellow with thick whitish sapwood.
The wood of a tupelo is used for mauls, pulleys and woodenware. Black Gum will grow in wet soil. Black Gum grow
to 50' in height and a spread of 30'. Hardy from zone 4-9. Black Gum is a slow
to medium grower and can grow a foot a year. Black Gum is difficult to
transplant because of the taproot. Our
rootbags simplify the moving task as the bag contains the taproot and as
much as 90% of the trees root in the bag.
Pests: Scales and forest tent
caterpillar can cause problems. Diseases of Black Gum, several fungi cause cankers and leaf spots. Black Gum prefers moist, well
drained acid soils but is found even on dry hill tops. Sweet Gum prefers full
sun to partial shade. Native from Maine to Michigan to Texas and Florida.
It is found as far north as Manistee in the lower peninsula of Michigan. We sell Black
Gum wholesale and retail.
buy Black Gum seedling and transplants click on the link below.
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order Black Gum seedling by PHONE: We're glad to take your order by phone
@ 231-544-6769. Phone orders can be charged to VISA, or MasterCard accounts.
To order Black Gums seedlings by MAIL: For those who wish to
order by mail or prefer to send a check, send orders to:
Porcupine Hollow Farm
8593 W. State Rd. Central Lake, Mi. 49622
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