Nyssa sylvatica

Botanical Name: Nyssa sylvatica

Phonetic: KNEE-suh sil-VAH-ti-kuh

Common Name(s): Sour Gum/Tupelo/Black Gum

Family: Cornaceae
Origin: Eastern North America
Plant Type: Tree
Persistence: Deciduous

Leaf Type: Simple, obovate to elliptic, slightly toothed
Fall Color: Scarlet                                 
Leaf Color: Dark green above and paler below
Texture: Medium
Density: Medium
Bloom Season: Spring/May-June
Flower Color(s): Greenish white, insignificant

Exposure: Full sun to part shade
USDA: 3-9
Growth Rate: Slow                                             
Height: 30-50 Feet
Spread: 20-30 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium to wet
Soil: Average, medium to wet acidic soils
Pest: Leaf spots, canker, rust, leaf miner, scale
Features: Low maintenance, attracts birds, tolerates clay and wet soil, long taproot, dioecious, attracts bees, spectacular fall color
Use: Ornamental shade tree, lawn tree, street tree, naturalized areas

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