A taller shade tree growing to 30 to 50 feet the Black Gum has lovely dark green foliage with inconspicuous greenish white flowers. The flowers are very desirable to bees for their nectar. Getting into the fall the bluish black fruit will form providing for birds and wildlife. The fall color will be a spectacular scarlet color that is sure to make a statement. This tree prefers full sun to part shade and will grow in wetter conditions.