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Bristlecone Pine vs Black Gum

Pinus aristata

Nyssa sylvatica

Bristlecone Pine
Black Gum

Bristlecone Pine is a small to medium evergreen with an irregular habit and contorted branches.

This extremely long-lived tree is relatively low maintenance and drought-tolerant.

It is known for its deep green to blue-green needles flecked with white resin, and its thin, scaly, grey-brown bark. Because it is extremely slow-growing, Bristlecone Pine is well suited to smaller properties.

Black Gum is a slow-growing ornamental shade tree with a dense pyramidal shape. The foliage is dark green in the summer, and transitions to bright fall colours which include red, orange, purple, and gold. It is commonly used as an ornamental tree in parks and large gardens as a specimen or shade tree.

The small greenish white flowers provide nectar for bees and black tupelo honey is a sought after flavour. The small dark blue fruits which ripen in late summer will attract birds and other animals to your yard. The fruits are edible, but very sour, and are primarily used for pies, flavouring, and drinks. Plant the Black Gum where it will live long-term, as it has a large taproot and does not transplant well.

BRISTLECONE PINE QUICK FACTS

BLACK GUM QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $3.99 - SAVE UP TO 25%
Lowest Price: $14.99
Zone: 2a
Zone: 3a
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 3 m (10 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: dry, normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: purple, orange, yellow, red
Berries: dark blue
Flavor: sour
Harvest: september to october
Growth rate: extremely slow
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: colorado bristlecone pine, foxtail pine, hickory pine, rocky mountain bristlecone pine
Other Names: black tupelo, pepperidge tree, sour gum, tupelo