Common Name: black gum
Zone: 3 to 9
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Location: Loganville, GA
This tree is one of my favorites. A really good shade tree, even when relatively young as the leaves grow overlapping and the limbs spread wide. It is one of the first trees to change color in Autumn here.
Location: Webster Groves, Mo.
This is my favorite tree! Spectacular red/purple/orange foliage in the fall! Horizontal branching habit. In 20 years it grew to over 40 feet tall.
Location: St. Louis MO USA
Although this tree is slow growing, it is worth the wait. The fall color is spectacular & the dark green glossy leaves look great throughout the summer.
Location: St. Louis
This tree is one of the best for the St. Louis area, lovely summer foliage followed by spectacular fall color, good growth rate, and not messy.
Location: Chesterfield MO USA
A lovely shade tree that is low maintenance and slow growing. In this area, it turns a beautiful red color in the fall, after other trees have lost their leaves. It has a rather orderly shape, so it should be given an area to show off this quality.
S. J. Rulison
Location: Exmore, VA
Overall,an excellent tree for naturalized planting, considering size, shape, and spectacular color. Definitely prefers consistently moist (silty) soils in my area; continually producing numerous seedlings in moist woodlands, which should be frequently thinned/transplanted to permit optimum growth.
Location: Raleigh, NC
The horizontal branching, excellent fall color, and glossy leaves make this tree a winner in my book. Now if I can only get the little saplings to successfully transplant in my yard!
Location: Oak Lawn, Illinois
I planted a few of these in a naturalistic setting, hoping they would thrive here in Illinois. They're doing wonderfully! Very low maintenance, beautiful shape/branching pattern and astonishing Fall color. We should plant more of these -- I know I will.
Location: Southwest Michigan
Finally identified these beautiful trees on our property. They are all different sizes but all are growing in wet acidic soil. Some young ones are in thickets so I will be sure to clear some space around them. This is the only site that was able to identify it with a few key descriptors.
Location: Omaha, NE
Doing well in clay slightly alkaline soils that have been amended. Out standing fall color and growing very well.