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Nyssa sylvatica (Chinese Tupelo, Black Gum)

Type Tree, Deciduous
Form Compact Rounded Tree, Architectural Form
Size Medium Sized Tree (3 to 8m height)
Colours Medium green Foliage
Care Low/Easy Maintenance
Hardiness Very hardy
Growth Slow Growing Plant
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Nyssa sylvatica Description

Grown for its attractive foliage which turns brilliant orange through red in autumn. Colour is best on very acid soils. Nyssa makes a great specimen near Water but you will need both space and plenty of time as it is a slow grower.

Nyssa sylvatica - Cultivation Notes

This deciduous tree can get to a good size so allow it plenty of space. It likes the rare combination of a moist acid soil. Grows best in a sheltered location in full sun to part shade. Thin congested branches in winter. 10m by 10m plus.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Nyssa sylvatica:

  • Attractive autumn colour
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates heavy clay soils

Weaknesses of Nyssa sylvatica

  • Will not tolerate exposed, cold or hot and sunny locations
  • Does not produce showy attractive flowers
If you like this plant you may also be interested in these:
plants & trees with autumn colour / foliage
architectural plants
plants for heavy clay soils

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Common Missspellings: Nysa, Nisa, Nissa, Nessa

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