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Nyssa sylvatica

black gum, tupelo, tupelo

Tupelo is an elegant, fairly slow-growing tree with dense, horizontal branching and glossy leaves that give splendid fall color. This tree is quite drought tolerant once established, making it an ideal choice as a shade tree for yards, gardens, and meadows.

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Height: 30-60 ft
Spread: 20-35 ft
Hardiness Zone: 4-9


Bloom Color: Insignificant

Characteristics & Attributes

Cultivation Status
Species
Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture
Wet
Average
Ecoregion
(82) Acadian Plains and Hills
(58) Northeastern Highlands
(83) Eastern Great Lakes Lowlands
(59) Northeastern Coastal Zone
(84) Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens
Ornamental Interest
Summer Fruit
Fall Foliage
Spring Bloom
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Songbirds
Host Plant
Other Pollinators/Wildlife
Tolerance
Urban Environment
Salt Tolerant
Compaction Tolerant
Additional Attributes
Edible
Low Maintenance


North American Distribution


black gum, tupelo - Nyssa sylvatica from Native Plant Trust
black gum, tupelo - Nyssa sylvatica from Native Plant Trust
black gum, tupelo - Nyssa sylvatica from Native Plant Trust