Tree Type: One of the best and most consistent native trees for fall color by tree experts this is a terrific landscaping choice. Displaying various hues of yellow, orange, bright red and purple—often on the same branch—its foliage is a stand-out of the autumn season. Even the distinctive bark, which resembles alligator hide, adds visual and textural interest. And while its blooms may not seem noteworthy, bees will be very appreciative of the presence of this tree, as it serves as an important late-spring food source.


Growth Rate:  Medium Growth Rate

Mature Size:  Grows to a heights of 30'-50' and a spread of 20'-30' at maturity.

Sun Preference:  Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil Preference:  The Black Gum grows well in in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils.

Zone: 4-9