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Black Tupelo

Botanical Name
Nyssa sylvatica
Min Zone
4
Max Zone
9
Height
30 to 50 feet
Width
20 to 30 feet
Flowers
Dioecious, greenish-white, not showy
Fruit
Drupe: oblong, .5 inch, bluish-black
Fall Color
Yellow, orange, red or burgundy
Light
Full sun to part shade
Soil
Moist, rich, well-drained, acidic
Planting & Care
  • Difficult to transplant because of taproot
  • Spring transplant only
  • Prune in fall
Problems
None serious
Varieties
  • Autumn Cascades - weeping form, good fall color
  • Miss Scarlet - deep green leaves become bright red in fall, abundant fruit
  • Afterburner (Nyssa sylvatica 'David Odum') - 35 feet tall by 20 feet wide, symmetrical shape, excellent red fall color
  • Wildfire - new foliage emerges bright red, then mature to a dark glossy green, yellow-orange to purple-red fall color

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