COMMON NAMES: Blackgum, Sourgum, Pepperridge, Tupelo
      FAMILY: Dogwood
      HEIGHT: 50 TO 75 ft.

      It is common along moist roadsides and in woods. Blackgum leaves (2 to 5 inches long) are smooth and shiny bruning brilliant red in fall. The dark blue fruit is eaten by birds and small mamals. A characteristic feature of Blackgum is the stiff horizontal twigs and branches. Sweetgum is not a relative despite its name.