Blackgum

Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)

 

Common Names: Black Tupelo, Blackgum

 

Distribution: Eastern North America

 

Color/Appearance: Sapwood is very wide and is generally a pale yellow color, sometimes with a grayish cast. Heartwood is narrower and is medium brown to gray. Quartersawn surfaces exhibit ribbon-stripe patterning due to interlocked grain.

 

Janka Hardness: 800 lbf

 

Density: 2.83 lb/b.f.

 

Allergies/Toxicity: Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Black Tupelo

 

Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no

 

Common Uses: Carving, furniture, crates/boxes.

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