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  Blackgum (Black Tupelo)  
Common Name: Blackgum (Black Tupelo)
Latin Name: Nyssa sylvatica
Tree Size: Large
Leaf Type: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Water Needs: Moderate
Tolerances: Partial to heavy shade, poorly drained sites
Attributes: Texas native, reliable fall color, attractive seeds or fruit, seeds or fruit eaten by wildlife
Features: Brilliant fall color; horizontal branching habit.
Comments: Prefers acid soils. Bright, shiny foliage turns red and purple early in the fall.
Problems: Shallow-rooted.
Firewise: Yes
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