Also known as
Black Gum Tree, Common Tupelo Tree, Cotton Gum, Pepperidge, Sour Gum Tree, Swamp Tupelo, Black Tupelo, 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.