Nyssa sylvatica - Black gum
Five species are of Nyssa
native to North America and eastern Asia. Black gum is native to eastern North
America, including Mexico
Usually, a tree will produce either pollen-bearing or ovule-bearing flowers.
The small black fruits are an important wildlife food in fall. The wood is
notoriously difficult to split. In modern times, it has been used in the
manufacture of plywood.
See plants in the campus natural areas.
A large tree considered to grow to about sixty feet tall in gardens but long-lived and capable of reaching 100 feet tall.
Light: full sun
Water: somewhat drought tolerant
Soil: a moist soil, no other special requirements
This native tree will grow best in a sunny site where its tap root can reach ground water. In north Florida, it is one of the first trees to drop its leaves in fall and one of the last to resprout in spring.