Local Source for Black Gum?

achang89(Z6)May 15, 2006

Also called Nyssa sylvatica. Really like the fall color. Anyone sees it?

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njtea(NJ Z6)

There's a Nyssa sylvatica in my yard and I have seedlings of something under it which I have believed to be Nyssa. I'll do some research and if I can determine that the seedlings are, indeed, Nyssa I'll let you know and, if you want them and can get them out of the ground, they are yours.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 8:35AM
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achang89(Z6)

njtea, thanks a lot. Black gum is a very nice tree and we should plant more.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2006 at 9:57PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Achang89, check the e-mail you use for the Gardenweb. I sent you a message re the Nyssa s.

    Bookmark   June 9, 2006 at 7:56PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

This morning I went to see Mr. Hildebrant in Oldwick looking for alder and I asked if he had Nyssa s. He said no he did not and then told me that it can ONLY be transplanted when it is dormant, either after late October or preferably in March.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2006 at 12:07PM
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tonyb416(z5-6 NJ)

Does anyone have any black gum seedlings they want to share?

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 3:06PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Check your e-mail, Tony

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 3:50PM
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tonyb416(z5-6 NJ)

Sent a reply, njtea!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 5:44PM
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lad6b

Dirr says Nyssa has a taproot and is difficult to transfer. Maybe if the seedlings are small enough its OK

    Bookmark   June 10, 2007 at 6:01PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

My mother has a tree - I don't think it has changed in size in 30 years - about 25 feet tall, and no seedlings ever. Is black gum very slow going, and does it need a second tree for a pollinator?

    Bookmark   June 13, 2007 at 11:05PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

Funny, a friend was telling me about this tree last night and here it is on the forum. Does your mother's tree fruit? Apparently, there are male and female trees according to Uconn plant database.
If transplants are not a success, perhaps you all could collect a few seeds as a second resort. Pretty tree.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 8:20AM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

Nyssa s. is either mostly male or mostly female, but can have flowers of both sexes on it.

I've been in this house for 9 years and when I first came I never saw any seedlings. Over the years the area under one of the Nyssas has filled in with ground cover, mostly pachysandra, and now the seedlings are growing up in that, unlike the seedlings of oaks and ashes that will sprout up anywhere.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2007 at 8:21AM
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