The Blackgum, also known as Pepperidge, Black Tupelo, and Sour Gum, is a native tree, among the first to change its colors. The bright red leaves are a spectacular fall display. The common name; Sour Gum, refers to the sour acidic pulp of the berries which ruffed grouse, wild turkeys, and many other mammals like to eat.
This deciduous tree was one of Warren Tamke’s favorites for good reason. The Blackgum can grow to 70 feet tall, thriving in either full sun or shade. It is hardy, generally pest and disease resistant and attractive… a Leaf Peeper’s delight.