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Nyssa sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica

black gum, sourgum, black tupelo, swamp tupelo

Photograph(s) by*: CM NRCS, RHW

Characteristics

Height: 30-75'
Spread: 20-50'
Flowers: Apr.-Jun.; greenish white
Fruit: Sept.-Oct.; blue-black; fleshy
Fall color: red

Conditions *

Light: Full sun Partial shade
Moisture: Dry Moist Wet
Soil pH: 4.5-6
Soil type: Loamy Sandy

Habitat

mesic forests, swamp borders, and dry slopes

Native to

Region: Coastal Piedmont Mountain *
States: MD DE PA NY WV VA

Wildlife

Songbird Waterfowl Small mammal *
high wildlife value

Notes

outstanding fall color



 Publication by USFWS BayScapes Conservation Landscaping Program
http://www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/chesapeake/plant/1203.htm
Last updated: 1 October 2004