||This is a great tree for the landscape and also for attracting wildlife. Black Gum is to me one of the most outstanding native trees and even better if it is a female fruit producing tree as we have witnessed 15 species of birds feeding with in one hour while it's fruits are ripening. Producing(Drupes)fruits, which are a favored food of many species including songbirds in the fall and winter. Black Gum is very tolerant of a wide variety of conditions. Nyssa sylvatica thrives in dry soils and tolerates average moisture as well. It can attain a height of 60'High x 30'Wide. The foliage of Black Gum is dark glossy green variable in size and shape in summer. It can be oval, elliptical or obovate and 2-5" long. It is lustrous with entire often wavy margins. The fall color usually changes from burgundy purplish, to flaming orange, to intense scarlet, to blood red before it drops. The flower s are very small, in greenish-white in clusters at the top of terminal branches. The fruits are Blue to black, about .5" long and oily. The bark is dark gray and flaky when young becoming furrowed with age, resembling alligator hide with age.The branches typically stand at right angles to the trunk.