Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica)
This medium- to large-sized tree (60 to 80 feet), is shade tolerant and is found in a mix of other species. Alternately called the tupelo gum, it reestablishes well in erosion prone areas, attracts lots of wildlife that eat the fruit, and nest in the cavities. Has good ornamental quality, tolerates a variety of sites from well-drained to silty soils and clay loams. Medium growth rate. Bareroot seedlings are 6-12".