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Sideroxylon lanuginosum ssp. lanuginosum Michx.
Gum bully, Gum Elastic, Chittamwood, Gum bumelia
Synonyms: Bumelia lanuginosa, Bumelia rufa
USDA Symbol: SILAL3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Small to medium-sized tree; bark brown tinged with red, deeply fissured; branches with stout spines; leaves borne in spurs, oblanceolate, shiny dark green above; rusty brown or green-gray below; flowers small, many, greenish white in verticels; berries purple-black with single large seed.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf Shape: Oblanceolate Inflorescence:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , FL , GA , MS , SC Native Distribution:
SE U.S. and Mississippi drainage; throughout Oklahoma. Native Habitat: Solitary
trees in open woods and on rocky thin soils or forming thickets on sand in west USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Occasionally used as ornamental. Use Wildlife: Fruit
eaten by quail and turkey in autumn; deer occasionally browse; good honey tree. Use Other:
mucilage used as chewing gum by Indians. Interesting Foliage:
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Record Modified: 2010-09-09
Research By: TWC Staff