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Black Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

Fall Colors Valuable to wildlife

Characteristics:
Medium, deciduous, pyramidal to irregular-shaped tree with excellent summer and fall foliage.

Growing Conditions:
Prefers sun or partial shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil and protection from wind.

Uses:
Tree is famed for its beautiful fall color. Its flowers are attractive to bees and its fruit attracts birds.

Height:
35' at maturity

Width:
25' at maturity

Shape:
Pyramidal but spreading and irregular with age

Flowers:
Light green flowers in clusters emerge with leaves.

Leaves:
Dark green, elliptical leaves turn brilliant yellow, orange, red, and purple in fall.

Bark:
Dark gray bark matures to have a blocky-scaly appearance similar to an alligator hide.

Native of Southeastern US. Also known as the Black Gum or Sour Gum.