Firestarter black tupelo
Nyssa sylvatica 'JFS-red'
Symmetrical, upsweeping branches and a strong central leader contribute to the remarkably neat and uniform appearance of this relatively narrow tupelo. Dark green foliage turns intensively bright red, coloring earlier in autumn than most cultivars.
Full sun to partial shade. Adaptable but prefers moist, well drained soil.
Tree is famed for its beautiful fall color.
35' at maturity
18' at maturity
Spring leaf color is a bright green changing to a vibrant red in the fall.
Gray-brown and shallowly, irregularly furrowed, on old stems it can become quite blocky, resembling alligator hide.
Native of Southeastern US. Also known as the Black Gum or Sour Gum.