What is the name of this tree

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Date Photo Taken: August 26, 2011
Location: Cumming, GA
Posted By: bmcdowell


The tree is loaded with small berries that the birds just love. It is the only one like this in my wooded yard. The top leaves are turning red. It is around 30+ ft tall with a trunk diameter of more than 12 inches.


  1. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Possibly sourwood. Check out this link: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=OXAR&photoID=oxar_004_avp.jpg

    August 26th, 2011 at 3:47 pm
  2. Bill Unregistered says:

    Thanks for your answer. The leaves do resemble sour-wood. The berries don’t seem to match. I plan to take a clipping to Pikes for help and if that doesn’t work out, I will go to the County Extension Service. In any case, I will let you know what I find. Again, thanks for your answer,

    August 27th, 2011 at 2:29 pm
  3. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Bill I found a very good picture of the fruit from the Sourwood tree. http://www.pbase.com/aquilaet/image/103362985

    August 28th, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  4. Bill Unregistered says:

    It doesn’t look like that at all. I finally found a website that suggests it is a Black Gum or Tupelo. I believe that must be it.
    Thanks so much for your help. Many times, we get no answer when posting questions.

    August 29th, 2011 at 10:36 am
  5. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    yep – blackgum

    August 29th, 2011 at 11:10 am
  6. Bobby Unregistered says:

    Walter, Blackgum is a really beautiful tree but they seem to be under represented in West Georgia; a few in the woods but rare in the landscapes. Are they hard to grow?

    August 31st, 2011 at 10:58 am

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