Native to eastern North America the black gum or black tupelo is a medium to large tree that can reach up to 100’ in height, though rare. It is a very showy tree in the fall with the leaves turning a variety of colors including red, orange, and purple. The black gum has a very interesting look because some key features like leaf shape and bark pattern are so variable. The pyramidal shape with perpendicular branches is a key feature while identifying this tree. The black gum is a slow growing, long living tree having a lifespan of around 500 years.