Nyssa sylvatica Marsh


Blackgum grows from Maine west to New York, extreme southern Ontario, central Michigan, Illinois, central Missouri, and south to central Florida.

Black bears, foxes, wood ducks, wild turkeys, robins, woodpeckers, mockingbirds, brown thrashers, thrushes, flickers, and starlings frequently eat the fruit, while white-tailed deer and beavers browse the twigs, foliage and young sprouts. Additionally, provides cavity and nesting sites for a variety of birds and mammals and a good honey tree.

Height 30' - 75'
Spread 20' - 35'
Tree Form Modified Leader
USDA Zone 4 - 9
Blooms May - July
Drops Fruit or Nuts N/A
Soil Well-drained
Soil pH 6.0 - 7.0
Light requirements Full Sun to Partial Shade

Spacing 30 - 40'
Pruning Light annual pruning as needed.
Fertilization Do not fertilize at planting. Once the trees are established, fertilize in early spring (Mar-April) as growth begins. Do not fertilize in the fall, which could promote late season tender growth that can be damaged by early frosts.
Watering Newly planted trees should be watered regularly. This is the most critical step in the establishment of your new trees. Please see the Watering section under "How to plant and grow" in our Learning Center.

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