black gum


Definition of black gum

: a tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica) of the eastern U.S. with light and soft but tough wood

Examples of black gum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some popular native fall foliage plants include the burgundy black gum tree, the bright yellow American beech and the red maple tree. Tammy Sons, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 The spring planting, which was tentatively scheduled to start next week weather-permitting, also consists of 50 trees planted on Archmere Avenue (crab apple trees) and Roadoan Road (black gum trees). John Benson, cleveland, 22 Apr. 2021 For fruits, plant beautyberry, pyracantha, Eastern red cedar, viburnum, hawthorn, sumac, palm, crabapple, serviceberry, dogwood, bayberry, persimmon, black gum, holly, and wax myrtle. Steve Bender, Southern Living, 17 Mar. 2021 Although the straight species of black gum can be a bit weedy, newer cultivars such as ‘Wild Fire’ don’t go to seed. oregonlive, 3 Nov. 2020 Japanese maples, crepe myrtles, and black gum trees flanked a winding stone path lined with violets. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 4 June 2020 The land is mostly wet woods, with many mature trees, including shagbark hickory, American beech, American elm, black gum, red maple, pin oak and chestnut oak. Grant Segall,, 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of black gum

1709, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black gum was in 1709

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15 Nov 2021

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“Black gum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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