Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

Nyssa sylvatica (Black Gum, Sour Gum, Black Tupelo)

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

Commonly found in a variety of sites from creek bottoms to upland slopes throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region (except for northern-most Pennsylvania), Black Gum is noted for its beautiful yellow to orange to scarlet fall foliage. Bees make a flavorful honey from the nectar-rich flowers, while many birds and mammals enjoy the juicy fruit.

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Learn more about other Mid-Atlantic plants: Tried and True Plant Fact Sheets

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