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Black Gum, Sour Gum, Black Tupelo
Nyssa sylvatica
Black Tupelo form

Size: medium

Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Pests and Problems:

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Can be difficult to transplant due to a taproot.
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9 
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Mature Height: 30-50 Feet
Features: Glossy green leaves that turn scarlet; regular horizontal branching is attractive in winter.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well drained soils; tolerates dry and wet sites; slightly acid soil.
Mature Form: Pyramidal to oval
Native To: United States
Soil Conditions:
Soil condition: DryDry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Soil condition: WetWet
Alkaline Soil
Tolerance: Dry SitesDry Sites
Tolerance: SaltSalt
Soil Compaction
Tolerance: Wet SitesWet Sites
Tolerance: WindWind
Use for: Shade.Shade
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Use for: Street.Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
Fall Foliage Color: Red
Additional Notes: Male and female flowers on separate trees; both are small, as is fruit.

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