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Nyssa sylvatica

Also called Black-gum / Black Tupelo/ Pepperridge


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Nyssa sylvatica - Sourgum

More About Nyssa sylvatica

  • Upright, oval to rounded crown
  • Small, non-showy, greenish-white flowers
  • Mainly dioecious: trees are male or female and sometimes both
  • Flowers give way to dark blue, oval fruit
  • Obovate to elliptic leaves are dark green above and paler below
  • Fall foliage is a brilliant scarlet colour
  • Bloom Time: Spring

Interesting Notes:

Native to Ontario and part of North America.

Zone:

3

Height:

10-15 m

Spread:

9-10 m

Colour:

White
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Sourgum Growing and Maintenance Tips

An excellent ornamental shade tree with brilliant fall colour and suitable for a wide range of locations, including typically wetter areas. Grows best in a slightly acidic soil. The fruits are technically edible but quite sour, and attractive to birds when they ripen.


Nyssa sylvatica Characteristics

Full Sun
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Partial Sun/Shade
Attracts Birds
Attracts Birds
Native to Ontario
Native to Ontario
Salt Tolerant
Salt Tolerant

Soil Moisture

Well-drained
Moist to Average
Moist to Wet Soils

Growth Rate

Slow

Attributes

Fruit
Deciduous
Fall Color

Flowering Time

Spring

Habit

Oval
Pyramidal

Foliage Color

Green (dark)
Red

Landscape uses

Woodland/woods edge
Naturalizing
Specimen

 Suitable Substitutions for Nyssa sylvatica

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Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

Wildfire Black Gum

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Nyssa sylvatica 'Northern Splendor™'

Northern Splendor™ Black Gum