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    September 19, 2018
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Ask the Arborist Jamie Wood Greg Bradshaw Shane Wagoner .S.A. Certified Arborists NYSSA SYLVATICA BLACK GUM In terms of spectacular fall color, a favorite specimen, Nyssa sylvatica, black gum, is one of the first trees to think of. This zone 4 to 9 native tree exhibits very consistent bright red fall color In addition to its bright autumn show, the black gum has beautiful bark that also adds ornamental interest. The bark is deeply ridged and is ofiten compared to alligator skin. This great native tree is very adaptable to the landscape and urban conditions. It can reach a large mature height of 30 to 60 feet, depending on the site. Some trees can develop leaf spotting Work is being done in the nursery trade to provide cleaner selections. That said, the cultivar called 'Red Rage' is a favorite choice. It is leaf spot resistant, has a great pyramidal form and outstanding red fall color All in all the Black Gum is a great specimen tree with multiple seasons of interest suitable for amy garden. Visit our website at to find out about all of the services we offer, or call us to schedule an appointment for a complimentary consultation at (540) 364-2401 BARTLETT BARTLETT TREE EXPERTS