||Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
||Also known as black gum, tupelo gum, yellow gum, lau tau, resak, sour gum, pepperidge, and wild pear tree.
||Grows in eastern half of United States.
||Close, interlocked grain with a fine uniform texture. Light brownish gray heartwood and a very wide, lighter colored sapwood.
||Tough, moderately heavy, hard, and strong with low stiffness, steam bending, shock resistance, and decay resistance.
||Challenging to work due to interlocked grain. Tends to burn during turning. Difficult to split and nail – pre-drilling recommended. Glues satisfactorily. Finishes easily to a smooth, shiny surface.
||Used for inexpensive furniture, furniture components, boxes, crates, baskets, cooperage, food containers, industrial flooring, rollers, caskets, sash, doors, blocks, gun stocks, railroad crossties, and pulp.