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sour gum

n.
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sour gum

n
(Plants) a cornaceous tree, Nyssa sylvatica, of the eastern US, having glossy leaves, soft wood, and sour purplish fruits. Also called: black gum or pepperidge See also tupelo Compare sweet gum
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sour′ gum`


n.
a tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica, of E North America, with egg-shaped leaves and round, dark blue fruit.
Also called black gum, pepperidge.
[1775–85, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sour gum - columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fallsour gum - columnar tree of eastern North America having horizontal limbs and small leaves that emerge late in spring and have brilliant color in early fall
tupelo tree, tupelo - any of several gum trees of swampy areas of North America
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The berries of black gum, also known as sour gum, typically grow high in a tree characterized by its dark, deeply grooved, checkered bark and bright-red leaves in fall.
Tupelos of the Nyssa sylvatica ("of the forest") species are also known as black gum, sour gum, black tupelo, bowl gum, pepperidge, stinkwood, wild peartree, ogeechee tupelo, gopher plum, ogeechee plum and yellow gum.
TREES: Chinese pistache, crape myrtle, Eastern redbud, floss silk tree (flowers), flowering dogwood, ginkgo, Japanese maple, liquidambar, ornamental pear, Persian parrotia, persimmon, scarlet oak, sour gum.