Discussion in 'Name This Plant' started by letemgrow, Sep 21, 2020.
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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.
I only like the red gumballs so I’m not qualified on the black ones.
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 !
Beautiful trees, Black Gum that is. One of my favorites. I was surprised to learn that they'll grow in zones 4-9.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Black Gums Matter
Make really good honey. Beekeepers will pay a nice lease to be able to put hives around Tupelo trees.
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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