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Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica) is a deciduous tree celebrated for its brilliant scarlet fall foliage. Its small greenish-white flowers give way to blue-black fruit, attracting birds. Adaptable to wet and dry sites, it’s a versatile addition to any landscape. The Blackgum is a testament to nature’s fiery spirit, lighting up gardens with its autumnal display.

1-2′ Bareroot Seedling

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Environmental Requirements

Cold Tolerance: USDA Zone 4-9
Soil pH: 5.5-7.0
Soil Type: Well-drained
Water Requirements: Moderate, drought-tolerant
Sunlight Requirements: Full sun to partial shade
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Heat Tolerance: Moderate
Chilling Hours: None

Size and Spacing

Plant Size: 30-50′ tall, 20-30′ wide
Plant Spacing: 20-30′ apart
Growth Habit: Upright, pyramidal
Rootstock: From Seed

Pollination and Flowering

Pollination Requirements: Cross-pollination required
Pollination Mechanisms: Insects (bees)
Bloom Time: April-May
Flower Color: Greenish-white

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit (drupe) Size: 1/4″-1/2″
Fruit (drupe) Flavor: Sour
Fruit (drupe) Color and Appearance Blue-black, round
Harvest Time: September-October
Yield & Storage: Low, store in a cool, dry place

Disease and Pest Susceptibility

Additional Plant Characteristics

Growth Habit: Upright, pyramidal
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Color: Red
Lifespan: 30-50 years

Additional Information

Toxicity: Non-toxic
Invasive Potential: Low
Native Range: Native to Eastern United States
Nitrogen Fixing: No