Black gum?

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  1. letemgrow

    letemgrow Active Member

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  2. Native Hunter

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    Nope, buckthorn......
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    C'mon. Don't you see those balls of black gum hanging on that tree? Maybe it's a black gumball tree.
     
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    I only like the red gumballs so I’m not qualified on the black ones.
     
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  5. Drycreek

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    Not many Black Gums in my neck of the woods, but from my dozer operating days I remember them to be hard to knock down. Got a tap root like a carrot !
     
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  6. Jeff H

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    Beautiful trees, Black Gum that is. One of my favorites. I was surprised to learn that they'll grow in zones 4-9.
     
  7. Worm

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    Ive planted a few Blackgums ( aka Tupelo tree ) around the house , much different than the sweetgum. They are awesome ,beautiful trees with the best fall color .I try to kill every sweetgum in the woods .
     
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    I used to have a camera by a Black Gum and was amazed at how deer (both bucks and does) used it as a licking branch tree. I've even had pictures of them standing on their hind legs and reaching up as high as possible to bite off a mouthful of leaves. The camera was too close to bedding, so I moved it, but I can still see the tree from my main blind. It gets a lot of deer coming to it to leave their scent.
     
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    When I consider the fact that while they are used a bit by wildlife, they are mostly worthless for firewood, or saw timber they look ugly to me. And they spread like weeds and take up the space of a good tree.
    Once established in an area they are very hard to get rid of, almost like an invasive species. I've spent a lot of time cutting and spraying black gum.
     
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    If Phil was from Michigan he would probably be well familiar with rhamnus cathartica it seems to be more troublesome up north. Don't plant those seeds Phil.

    I have both black and sweet in KY and neither are trouble some.

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  11. Jimmy Hoer

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    Black Gums Matter
     
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    Make really good honey. Beekeepers will pay a nice lease to be able to put hives around Tupelo trees.
     
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    Black gum produces greet soft mast for a variety of birds including wild Turkey. On my place in North MS black gum is a highly preferred browse species. I learned this the hard way. I planted a couple hundred in a block of CRP and the deer kept them trimmed down to small bushes.


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