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black gum,

ornamental deciduous tree (Nyssa sylvatica family Nyssaceae) native to E North America. The leaves turn bright scarlet in the fall. The very tough wood was used for wheel hubs and other purposes. It is sometimes called sour gum, tupelo, and pepperidge, names also given other species of the genus, some native to Asia. This is the source of the popular tupelo honey. The genus Nyssa is probably derived from an ancestral dogwood and is included by some botanists in the family Cornaceae (dogwood family) of the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Cornales.
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Year in and year out, the maples (neon red, orange, and yellow), oaks (red, yellow, rusty brown), sourwood (red), black gum (maroon), beech (gold), birches (yellow/gold), ashe (yellow), cottonwood (yellow), buckeye (yellow, rusty gold), among many other species really put on a show," said Pope.
The team moved Bald Cypress and Black Gum trees between 40 and 80 feet tall and a variety of Mid-Story Dahoon Holly, Slash Pine, Red Maple, and Willow trees and all their surrounding vegetation.
Additional shade-tree species that this project will develop are the oak genus (such as scarlet, shumard, burr and chestnut), bald cypress and black gum.
Restoring the property to wetlands will begin this winter, including closing drainage ditches and planting native wetlands species of trees and shrubs, such as sweet bay, pond cypress, black gum, blueberries, honeycup, and fetterbush.
In those years, long-missing ash, black gum, cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and sassafras seedlings returned, along with wildflowers not seen for 20 years.
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new rain gardens, planted with varieties of blue star, switch grass and black gum trees, have been successful and provide stunning fall color, Sifton said.