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Ussurian Pear (Siberian) vs Black Gum

Pyrus ussuriensis

Nyssa sylvatica

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Ussurian Pear (Siberian)
Black Gum

Ussurian Pear (aka Manchurian or Siberian Pear) is the most cold hardy of all pear species.

This self-pollinating pear bears white flowers in the spring and has good fall colour, making it an exceptional ornamental addition to any garden. However, it has a tendency to branch quite low and is often used in shelterbelts and hedges too.

It is primarily grown for its attractive flowers and pollination of other pear varieties, or as cold hardy rootstock, and is also an excellent addition to any shelterbelt.

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.

USSURIAN PEAR (SIBERIAN) QUICK FACTS

BLACK GUM QUICK FACTS

Lowest Price: $14.99
Zone: 3a
Zone: 3a
Height: 10 m (33 ft)
Height: 12 m (40 ft)
Spread: 8 m (26 ft)
Spread: 8 m (25 ft)
Moisture: normal
Moisture: dry, normal
Light: full sun
Light: partial shade, full sun
Fall colour: burgundy
Fall colour: purple, orange, yellow, red
Berries: dark blue
Flavor: sour
Harvest: september to october
Flowers: white
Growth rate: fast
Growth rate: slow
Life span: long
Life span: long
Maintenance: medium
Suckering: none
Suckering: medium





Other Names: black tupelo, pepperidge tree, sour gum, tupelo