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Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica
If you think you are looking at a Blackgum, stand at the base of the tree and look up. The branches should be coming out perpendicular from the main trunk of the tree. They should also form a "pinwheel" pattern, with the branches coming out of every side of the trunk.
The bark is thick and blocky, and often resembling an alligator skin on older trees.
Persimmon bark is the closest to this species. The square plates of Blackgum tend to line up more vertically than with persimmon.