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Firestarter black tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica 'JFS-red'

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Characteristics:
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.

Growing Conditions:
Full sun to partial shade. Adaptable but prefers moist, well drained soil.

Uses:
Tree is famed for its beautiful fall color.

Height:
35' at maturity

Width:
18' at maturity

Shape:
Broadly pyramidal

Flowers:
Insignificant

Leaves:
Spring leaf color is a bright green changing to a vibrant red in the fall.

Bark:
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.