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Chinese Tupelo

Nyssa sinensis

Nyssa-sylvatica (blade) by Sten (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

12m

Max

8m

8m

Min

5m

20 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Chinese Tupelo Overview

Nyssa sinensis is also known by the name Chinese tupelo. It is a slow-growing tree or large shrub species from the Nyssaceae family of flowering trees. Originating from China and Vietnam, 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 Chinese Tupelo

Cuttings

Softwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Seed in autumn.

Special features of Chinese Tupelo

Autumn colour

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Chinese Tupelo

Specimen Year-round interest.