Black gum trees and bee gums

Black gum grows throughout the eastern United States, and is common in dry sites here in the Blue Ridge Province (often in oak and pine forests) up to 5,000 feet or more.  Black gum can be 100 feet tall. In the fall of the year from mid-September into late October, the leaves turn a noteworthy “blood” or “lipstick” red.             

Black gum wood possesses an interlocked grain; so that, much like sycamore, it just about can’t be split, not even with wedges. Accordingly, the early settlers used the wood for mauls, tool handles, skid poles, and rough floors for outbuildings. 

Almost every other mature black gum that you will encounter here in the mountains is hollow. This is because the species is highly susceptible to heart rot fungi, an infection that occurs when aerially disseminated spores from various decay fungi are deposited on or near wounds, fire scars, or dead branch stubs. After the spores germinate, the fungi’s vegetative strands (mycelium) grow slowly into the vulnerable wood tissues.

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