The leaves flutter easily in the slightest of breezes and form a rounded canopy. The black gum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a deciduous tree that is originally from the United States.It is favored for its brilliant fall foliage and its winter form, which displays attractively dropping branches over time. Black gum is an excellent choice to add autumn color to your garden.

blackgum Cornaceae Nyssa sylvatica Marshall symbol: NYSY Leaf: Alternate, simple, pinnately veined, oblong to obovate in shape with an entire margin, 3 to 5 inches long, occasionally shallow lobes (or coarse teeth) near tip, dark green above and slightly paler below. Birds rely on the fruit as a food source and find cavities for nesting sites in the blackgum tree.

Human Use. Although it will grow in full sun or partial shade, fall color is enhanced by sunny conditions. Black gum or sour gum tree facts can be rather fascinating for arborists who study this hardy, towering native species. Culture: Black gum performs best on moist, well-drained, acidic soil, it adapts to extreme climates, tolerates wet conditions and is resistant to drought.Black gum will not tolerate alkaline soil and may suffer damage from pollution. The leaves of the black gum tree are an elongated oval shape that offer a brilliant fall show.

Many wildlife species including black bear, wild turkey, and white-tailed deer eat the twigs and foliage or fruit of the blackgum.