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Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

Also known as

Black Gum Tree, Common Tupelo Tree, Cotton Gum, Pepperidge, Sour Gum Tree, Swamp Tupelo, Black Tupelo, Sour-Gum, Black gum, Sour gum

Nyssa sylvatica v sylvatica by Eric Hunt (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30m

Max

13m

12m

Min

8m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Tupelo Overview

Nyssa sylvatica is also known by the names tupelo and black gum tree. It is a slow-growing tree or large shrub species with a conical growth habit from the Nyssaceae family of flowering trees. Originating from eastern North America, this species grows in areas prone to flooding. As a result they are highly tolerant of wet soils. These plants are deciduous and grown primarily for their brilliant autumn colour. Flowers are non-showy, small and coloured green-yellow, leading onto discrete fruits. Grows best in a sheltered, undisturbed site in moist soil.

How to propagate Tupelo

Cuttings

You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or from seed in autumn.

Seed

Special features of Tupelo

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Other uses of Tupelo

Foliage, shade, ornamental, specimen. Autumn interest.

Deciduous Trees

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Mimosa

Acacia spp.

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