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
Common Uses: Carving, furniture, crates/boxes.