Blackgum (Nyssa sylvatica)


Common Names: Black Tupelo, Blackgum


Distribution: Eastern North America


Color/Appearance: Sapwood is very wide and is generally a pale yellow color, sometimes with a grayish cast. Heartwood is narrower and is medium brown to gray. Quartersawn surfaces exhibit ribbon-stripe patterning due to interlocked grain.


Janka Hardness: 800 lbf


Density: 2.83 lb/b.f.


Shrinkage: 1

Radial (thickness): 5.3%

Tangential (width): 10.2%,

Volumetric (total): 15.8%,

T/R Ratio (width to depth): 1.9


Allergies/Toxicity: 1 Besides the standard health risks associated with any type of wood dust, no further health reactions have been associated with Black Tupelo


Controlled species: CITES: no, IUCN: no


Common Uses: Carving, furniture, crates/boxes.


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