Black Gum Characteristics
Black Gum are popular choices in landscaping because of their beautiful fall colors and wide variety of applications. The scarlet leaves of fall make for attractive autumn interest. The flowers and fruits attract pollinating insects and birds that like to eat the dark blue fruit. The fruits are edible, but extremely sour. They can be make into jams or spreads with plenty of sugar.
The roots are deep growing, making Black Gum very difficult to transplant, which is not recommended. These slow-growing trees get quite large, and should be planted in locations with that in mind.
These hardy trees have few serious disease or insect threats. Leaf spot, canker, rust, and scale are all possible, but rarely serious.