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.