If you are looking for a medium to large sized slow growing tree with great autumn colour the Nyssa sylvatica could be the one.
This is a commonly grown tree often called the ‘Black Tupelo’. It makes an excellent feature tree for the garden.
From North America these are a deciduous tree of pyramidical shape tending towards rounded with age.
Commonly called the ‘Black Tupelo’ this is a tree with an upright growth habit at first, forming a spreading crown as it matures.
Deep green glossy foliage that turns a brilliant red in autumn. The colour is better in colder climates.
Used in landscaping as a street tree as well as in parks and larger gardens this is a hardy tree once established. Excellent in urban conditions where it tolerates pollution and soils that are less than well drained.
Care and growing Conditions
The increasingly popular the Black Tupelo tolerates both wet and dry sites.
Nyssa Sylvatica will grow to a height of 10 – 20m and has slightly drooping or down swept branches with strong autumn colours contrasting with a dark trunk and branches. The crown will spread to around 6m across over time.
- Botanical Name – Nyssa – sylvatica
- Common Name – Black Tupelo, Sour Gum, Black Gum
- Family Nyssaceae
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Humus rich well drained.
- Height – To around 10 metres
- Spread – To around 6 metres
- Growth rate – Medium at a maximum of around 60cm (24 inches) a year
- Foliage – Rounded and deciduous
- Flowers – Small green to white in spring and an important source of nectar for bees.
- Nyssa ogeche is suitable for wet sites and is regarded as the best species for honey production.
Nyssa Sylvatica are available for sale from the following Nurseries
'Justly famous for rare and unusual plants' Don Teese
34 Mt Pleasant Rd Monbulk VIC 3793
WINTER HILL TREE FARM Ph: 02 4878 9193 Fax: 02 4878 9109
NSW Southern Highlands
Retail & Wholesale. Advanced trees & hedging. Grown in pots for year-round planting. 45 litre - 1000 litre available. Great range. Great Quality. Delivery available.
125 Palmer Rd Jindivick 3818
Open Thursday - Sunday 10am - 4pm
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
55 McDougal Rd Neerim South Victoria 3831 PH: (03) 56281507
Advanced ornamental trees and garden designs and concept plans. Direct to your property combined with specialist knowledge and outstanding service.