gum bumelia Sapotaceae Sideroxylon lanuginosum Michx. Listen to the Latin   symbol: SILA20
Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, elliptical or obovate, 1-3 inch long, entire margin, rounded tip and tapering base, dark green, shiny-glabrous above with white-gray, felt-like hair below; clustered or whorled on lateral spur shoots.
Flower: Species is monoecious; inconspicious, white, in small clusters, sweet and fragrant, open mid-summer.

Fruit: Blue to black berries, oval in shape, edible, ripen in the fall.

Twig: Slender, gray or rusty-hairy, often armed with thorns at the tips.

Bark: Gray to brown, becoming darker with age.

Form: Small tree up to 40 feet in height with an open crown and branches growing close to the ground. *text and photos courtesy Oana Popescu and Carol Loopstra, Texas A&M
Looks like: buckthorn bumelia - osage-orange - common buckthorn - blackgum
USDA Plants Database - Horticulture
Sideroxylon lanuginosum is native to North America. Range may be expanded by planting. See states reporting gum bumelia (opens a new window).

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