Wildfire Black Gum Tree

$79

2-3 ft.

Description

Brilliant Red Leaves, Even in Spring

Why Wildfire Black Gum Trees?

When everything else turns green, this tree stands out. You might be used to the fiery autumnal colors that Black Gums are famous for, but the Wildfire Black Gum Tree doesn’t just bring those colors to the fall. At the dawn of spring, when the world lights up in green, the Wildfire Black Gum stands out with deep ruby red leaves.

Expect brilliant colors in the fall, too. You’ll get crimson, orange and even purple leaves growing on this tree. The mesmerizing variety of colors can appear on one single tree, so this Black Gum will always surprise you with an assortment of the familiar, nostalgic colors of autumn.

And despite its size, its roots won’t destroy your driveway. Unlike other large trees, you don’t have to worry about the Wildfire Black Gum’s roots taking over your entire property. This tree’s roots grow deep into the ground and won’t ruin your beautiful landscaping or crack your sidewalks and driveway. Plus, many Wildfire Black Gums live more than 70 years. Imagine the memories your family can make playing under the shade of this remarkable tree.

Planting & Care

1. Planting: The Black Gum will need a lot of sunshine to develop a solid root system, so find a place in your yard that gets plenty of sun. You may need to stake up small, young trees if you live in a very windy area. Also, the Wildfire loves moisture, but needs well-drained soil.

When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s large enough to accommodate the Black Gum’s root ball, place the tree and then back fill the soil. Water to settle the roots for best results. Finally, you should add mulch around the base of the tree for better water retention, but avoid getting too close to the trunk.

2. Watering: During the first few weeks, water your tree twice a week for 45 minutes. After that you can stick to only watering during dry spells using the same method of deeply watering for 45 minutes or using drip irrigation for 90 minutes.

3. Fertilizing: You don’t need to fertilize your tree, but as it matures, you may want to increase its growth and production. If you do, add a slow-release formula around the base of the tree. You’ll need to extend 2 feet beyond the tree canopy to saturate the roots. The rule of thumb is to use 2 cups of fertilizer for every 1 inch of diameter of the trunk.

4. Pruning: You can prune your tree in the winter if you like. Removing the lower branches will make it easier to stand under the tree for shade in the summer.

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