Also punctuated blackgum and black-gum.

Part of family Nyssaceae.

Native to eastern North America.   ▭ 🌎︎ Map (North America, Central America),  Adobe Acrobat Reader file ▭ 🌎︎ today + with climate change (eastern 🇺🇸 USA).

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Nyssa hosts caterpillars of 30 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.
  This plant is also known to be a host for (in areas where invasive) 🐝︎ spotted lanternfly (SLF)  Lycorma delicatula.

In its native area, recommended as a specimen tree.   Way cool, loved by many of my buddies (and uncommon enough that it really stands out), gives great red fall color, and visual interest in other seasons.  Adapted to wet sites.  Slow growing, but totally worth the wait.  Transplanting can be difficult, except in the spring.

Planting info (SW Michigan).  Adobe Acrobat Reader file

Learn more about ◼︎ black tupelo or black gum Nyssa sylvatica

🔍︎ 🔍︎ images Discover Life Encyclopedia of Life Michigan Flora MSUE tip sheet Missouri Botanical Garden Flora of North America NRCS PLANTS db Silvics USFS Wikipedia