I’m glad we took Stacy Borden’s advice in 2005 and planted a black gum, or tupelo tree, (Nyssa sylvatica) in the backyard. I like it for several reasons, however I especially like its consistent fall color.
Watching the leaves turn to shades of brilliant reds has become an October highlight for us. The beautiful foliage can look quite different depending on lighting – the time of day, whether it is sunny or cloudy, etc. I find it challenging, if not impossible, to capture with the camera what my eyes see. This is an early-morning image when the light was coming from behind the tree, creating a stained-glass effect.
I’ve thoroughly enjoyed an article about black gums in the summer newsletter of the Kentucky Native Plant Society (page 4). Medium-sized trees, they grow well in wet or dry areas and in full sun or partial shade. They have attractive summer foliage and spectacular autumn color. Bees use the pollen from flowers for honey, and birds enjoy the berries in autumn. The more I learn about these trees, the more I respect and appreciate them. I’m glad to have one in our backyard. What is your favorite fall tree?