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)
20 years to reach maturity
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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
You can propagate from cuttings in the summer or from seed in autumn.
Special features of Tupelo
Other uses of Tupelo
Foliage, shade, ornamental, specimen. Autumn interest.