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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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Wood density should strongly affect fastener behavior; however, black gum, which has one of the lowest densities of the species tested, had the highest withdrawal resistance.
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The Water Tupelo, as its name implies, is found in wetlands, while the Black Gum can be found on wooded slopes.
Tupelos of the Nyssa sylvatica ("of the forest") species are also known as black gum, sour gum, black tupelo, bowl gum, pepperidge, stinkwood, wild peartree, ogeechee tupelo, gopher plum, ogeechee plum and yellow gum.
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The obvious woody species include red bay (Perseapalustris), white bay (Magnolia virginiana), large gallberry (Ilex coriacea), and black gum (Nyssa sylvatica).
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