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A picture of a Tupelo


Nyssa sylvatica

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)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size






20 years to reach maturity


  • 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.

Special features of Tupelo

Attractive leaves

Autumn colour

Deciduous Trees

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