Other Common Names/Trade Names: Black gum
Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica
Best Characteristics for Identification: General lack of distinguishing characteristics .
Uses: Low grade lumber, furniture, railroad ties, pallets and other low grade uses. Pulp.
General Natural Range: Eastern Oklahoma and Texas extending north and eastward to southern Michigan and central New England.
Identical or Nearly Identical Species: None.
Other Species Easily Confused With: Aspen due primarily to lack of distinguishing characteristics.
Means of Distinguishing Similar Species : Black tupelo is much harder and heavier than aspen. It is also darker in color.