Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica Form: Oval - vertical, Pyramidal - widely
Common Name:black gum Texture:Medium
Family Name:NyssaceaeHabit: Spreading
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous Mature Size (ht. X w.):15 - 22m x 7 - 10m
Origin: Canada - eastern, U.S. - northeast Hardiness Zone:Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Pinnate venation, Glabrous, Glandular hairs, Obovate, Ovate, Elliptic, Entire, Dentate, Undulate (wavy)
Flowers: Flowers clustered, Green-yellow, Apr- May
Fruit: Drupe, Blue, Black, Sep- Oct
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade, Sheltered
Soil or Media: Acidic, Well-drained
Landscape Uses: Attract birds, Specimen plant
Key ID Features:Leaves alternate, mostly elliptic to oblanceolate, margins entire (rarely toothed), about 4 cm wide x 10 cm long. Winter ID: Light green, chubby buds, rough lenticels, irregular growth habit often with drooping lower branches.