- Height: 30- 50; 20' spread; straight trunk and horizontal branches
Color: Leaves emerge red and persist through summer, maturing to a dark green and turning various shades of orange and red in the fall; fruits are sour and best left for wildlife
Attracts: birds, insignificant flowers provide early nectar for bees
Well-drained soil; tolerates drought and standing water; full sun to partial shade; best planted in spring.
Black gum 'Wildfire'
An absolutely beautiful tree with slender limbs and silvery grey bark; new leaves emerge a showy red-purple and persist through summer, maturing to a deep green and turning red again in the fall; purple drupes attract birds.