The Q&A Archives: Black Gum Tree

Question: Can you provide information on Black Gum Trees? Are they fast or slow growers, do they produce seeds, what is the average mature height and width?

Answer: The Black Gum Tree (Nyssa sylvatica) is one of the best lawn trees for fall color. They are slow to moderate growing trees (2'-6' per year) reaching 35'-50' in height and 15'-25' in width at maturity. The growth habit is pyramidal when young and spreading and rugged in age, with crooked branches and red-tinged bark. Trees have dark green glossy leaves, inconspicuous flowers and bluish-black fruit shaped like small olives. The fruit is attractive to birds. Black Gum trees grow in full sun, average soil and little water but will tolerate soggy, wet soils.

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