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Nyssa sylvatica

Ablaze with scarlet in the fall

This magnificent native tree, also called sour gum, has a pyramidal habit with strong horizontal branches when young and usually reaches heights of about 50'. Wildlife like the bluish black fruits, which mature in the fall. A spectacular tree in fall, the black tupelo has wonderfully reliable and showy fall color, with brilliant scarlet leaves. It is a beautiful specimen tree recommended for residential use. 

Nyssa sylvatica
Black tupelo
Family: Nyssa (Nyssaceae)
Type: Deciduous tree/shrub

Mature Size:
25-50 feet

Shape:
pyramidal
Exposure:
full sun to partial shade
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
5-9
attracts birds
native to the Midwest
Winter Interest
growth habit
  Landscape Use:
shade tree
specimen plant
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