Mature height: 30-60 feet; 20-35' spread shapely with a straight trunk

Color: Scarlet leaves; blue fruits are sour and best left for wildlife

Attracts: birds, insignificant flowers provide early nectar for bees

Leaves: brilliant yellow, oranges, reds and scarlet in the fall; purple drupes (stone fruits), loved by birds

Light: Full sun to part shade

Soil: Moist soil. Keep moist, especially in the first two years; tolerates drought and standing water.

Fun fact: The Tupelo is a favorite of honey producers, generating a light and sought-after sweetner that can fetch a high price ☺

Black gum

3 Gallons
  • A great ornamental tree, the Tupelo features dark green, glossy leaves turning scarlet in the fall and thick, plated bark.  Its graceful, drooping branches add elegance to the landscape.  Birds love the fall berries, and the spring flowers provide nectar for bees.