- One of the most attractive trees around
- Spectacular Fall Foliage with many shades of yellow, orange, bright red, and purple often on the same branch
- Important Wildlife Food for Birds
- 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.
One of the most attractive native trees around. Summer leaves are a dark green with a high-gloss appearance, but the most spectacular part of this tree is the fall foliage with many shades of yellow, orange, bright red, purple or scarlet that may appear on the same branch. Bark matures to medium gray and resembles alligator hide. Fruit is bluish-black and is loved by many birds. Makes a strong specimen tree. Grows 30'-50' high, with a 20'-30' spread. Prefers well-drained, acid soils, and full sun to partial shade.
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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.