Black-gum (Nyssa sylvatica)


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Type

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Deciduous

Status

species native to Canada

Native

Edible fruit/nut tree?

YES

Names

Latin (scientific) name: Nyssa sylvatica

Common English name: Black-gum

Other names: Black tupelo, sourgum, Pepperidge

French name: Nyssa sylvestre

Habitat

Grows on wet ground along streams or in swamps.

Other notes

This species is very rare in Canada.

 

Hardiness zone(s)

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

  • Zone 0
  • Zone 1
  • Zone 2
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
  • Zone 8
  • Zone 9

A hardiness zone is a geographically defined area where a given plant is capable of growing. Hardiness zones are based largely on climate, particularly minimum temperatures. Zone 0 covers the harshest areas in Canada for plant species. Higher numbers represent more temperate areas.

For more information on plant hardiness zones in Canada, visit Natural Resources Canada.

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