The LRAC is pleased to announce that a black gum, or tupelo, tree has recently been named a NH State Champion. The tree is located on river-front property in Epping and is rich in wetlands and wildlife habitat. The LRAC and the Southeast Land Trust worked hard to protect this property through a conservation easement. The tree will be well cared for and treasured for many years to come.
Black gum trees are very slow growing and have extremely narrow growth rings. They are more common south of New Hampshire. They have glossy leaves that turn bright red in fall. The bark is deeply furrowed.
Click here to see the certificate for the tree.