- One of the most attractive trees around
- Spectacular fall foliage: various shades of yellow, orange, bright red, and purple often on the same branch
- Fruit attracts birds and other wildlife
- Unique bark resembles alligator hide
- Grows 30' to 50' high with 20' to 30' spread
- Zones 4 to 9
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, HI
Zones 4 - 9
The Black Tupelo (Black Gum) can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Black Tupelo (Black Gum) falls into the following type(s): Shade Trees
30' - 50' High
The Black Tupelo (Black Gum) grows to be 30' - 50' feet in height.
20' - 30' Spread
The Black Tupelo (Black Gum) has a spread of about 20' - 30' at full maturity.
Slow to Medium Growth
This tree grows at a slow to medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This Black Tupelo (Black Gum) does well in full sun, partial shade.
The Black Tupelo (Black Gum) grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained soils.
This Black Tupelo (Black Gum) has oval, rounded shape.
Excellent specimen tree, can be a fine street tree in residential areas if not heavily polluted. Outstanding summer and fall foliage and habit, lovely in naturalized area. Michael Dirr calls it "one of the best and most consistent native trees for fall color." Grows 30'-50' high, with a 20'-30' spread. Prefers well-drained, acid soils, and full sun to partial shade (full sun is best, but will tolerate partial shade).
Fruits attract many birds and wildlife. Produces nectar and/or pollen, thus providing nutrition for bees in early to late spring.
A tree of many monikers, Black Tupelo is also known in various areas as a gum tree, sour gum, bowl gum, yellow gum or tupelo gum. Still others call it beetlebung, stinkwood, wild peartree or pepperidge.
When combined with the several other tupelo species, these trees have the distinction of being favorites with honey producers. The resulting honey is light and mild-tasting, fetching a high price, especially in Florida where it is annually a million dollar business.
Summer leaves are extremely glossy dark green, fall foliage brings many shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple or scarlet that may appear on the same branch.
Showy and interesting, resembling a petal-less spirea.
One of the most attractive native trees around--Michael Dirr calls it "one of the best and most consistent native trees for fall color." Summer leaves are a dark green with a high-gloss appearance, but the most spectacular part of this tree is the fall foliage with its many shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple or scarlet that may appear on the same branch. Bark matures to medium gray to dark brown/black and resembles alligator hide. Fruit is bluish-black and is loved by many birds. Bee-friendly (acts as food source for bees while in bloom). Makes a strong specimen tree and grows 30'-50' high, with a 20'-30' spread. This tree prefers well-drained, acid soils, and full sun to partial shade. Nearly a care-free tree--requires very little maintenance.
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.