Nyssa Sylvatica

(Black Tupelo)

By February 5, 2020
Nyssa Sylvatica , Black Tupelo

About Nyssa Sylvatica – Black Tupelo 

Nyssa Sylvatica, or Black Tupelo, is a deciduous tree most notably known for its fall colored foliage. The elliptical shaped leaves transform from green to shades of orange, yellow and red marking the start of the fall season. While recognized for its fall foliage, this tree is also prized for its beautiful red-brown branches most visible only after its leaves have fallen. The spring season brings small green inconspicuous flowers followed by clusters of dark-blue olive-shaped fruit. Though the fruit isn’t edible due to its sour taste it does however attract many different bird species.

Nyssa Sylvatica’s mature landscaping size can reach as large as 30-50′ high by 20-30′ wide making it a great shade tree. It also is known by many as the Black Gum tree.

Care Instructions 

Plant this tree in acidic well-draining soil and water regularly and deeply until a healthy root system is established. This tree prefers moist soil but tolerates both periodical drought conditions and heavy moisture. Plant in an area that receives full sun and with plenty of space for it to reach its mature growth size. While a slow to moderate grower, fertilizer can be used in the winter before spring growth. Prune in the winter if desired for shape.

Planting Ideas 

This tree is best planted as a shade tree shading windows or patios. Because of its remarkable size it can be planted as anchor to your landscape design or showcased as a landscape focal point.

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Botanical Name: Nyssa Sylvatica

Common Name: Black Tupelo

Average Landscape Size: 30-50' x 20-30'

Plant Type: Deciduous

Bloom Color: Green

Berry Color: Dark Blue

Foliage Color: Summer- Green | Fall- Orange,Red,Purple

Forms: Tree

Sizes: 5 Gallon, 15 Gallon, 24" Box

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Dramatic Color, Low Maintenance, Year-round Interest, Seasonal Color Change to Foliage, Easy Pruning, Ornamental Plant,