Sour Gum, Tupelo, Pepperidge
Native to the eastern U.S. Slow to moderate growth to 30–50 ft. or taller and 15–25 ft. wide. Pyramidal when young; spreading, irregular, and rugged in age. Crooked branches and dark, red-tinged bark make a dramatic picture against the winter sky. Glossy dark green, 2–5-in.-long leaves emerge rather late in spring. Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants. Both sexes bear inconspicuous flowers; females will bear fruit if a male is growing nearby (males may set some fruit as well). Fruits are bluish black, shaped like small olives; birds like them, but the fruits can make a mess on decks and driveways. In fall, even in mild-winter regions, leaves turn yellow and orange, then bright red before dropping.
Deservedly popular hybrid with large lavender-blue flowers.
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European native for rock gardens or naturalizing. In bulb and leaf, resembles small hyacinth, but 10-i...