The Blackgum is notable for its small, greenish flowers that are an excellent nectar source for bees. The flowers produce oval, 1/2″ long, dark blue fruits which are attractive to birds and wildlife, but quite sour. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful scarlet color
The Blackgum is an excellent ornamental shade tree. This is a slow growing tree that is best grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. It can tolerates poorly-drained soils and can grow in standing water, however, it can still tolerate some drought.