Tupelo, nyssa sylvatica, also known as black gum, grows 30-50 feet tall by 20-30 feet, and likes full sun to part shade. Wonderful for shade, in a rain garden or as a street tree. Flowers are not showy, but attract pollinators and precede beautiful purple/blue berries that are relished by birds and other wildlife. Host to 26 species of lepidoptera and known for its striking fall foliage. Most trees have flowers that are both male and female (called perfect flowers) but some may need another tree for pollination. Tolerates walnut, clay, wet soil, and drought, once established. Mildly tolerant of salt.

Black Gum, Nyssa sylvatica



    1655 N County Road 605, Sunbury, OH 43074

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