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  • Canadian Grown
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  • Shipped in ON, QC, NB, NS, PE


Nyssa sylvatica

Black Gum, Sourgum, Black Tupelo

Main interest:
brillant red fall colour, native, attracts birds and bees, beneficial to wildlife, slow-growing habit, tolerates wet soil
full sun to partial shade
Soil humidity:
moist to wet soil; poorly-drained
Flower colour:
greenish white
Flowering period:
May to June
glossy, dark green
USDA Hardiness:
zone 3a: -40 °C (-40 °F) View Zone Map
Mature height & width (max.):
height: 50 ft (15 m) width: 30 ft (9 m)
specimen, shade tree, renaturalization, street tree, rain garden, wet woodland

Nyssa sylvatica, widely known as Black Gum, Sourgum and Black Tupelo, has a dense conical crown, and nearly horizontal branches. Grows from 20 ft to 50 ft, with a trunk of 1 ft to 5 ft in diameter.

Smooth, waxy, dark-green summer foliage changes to fluorescent yellow, orange, scarlet, and purple in fall. Flowers are small and insignificant. Black Gum has a flowering habit that is polygamodioecious, meaning that some plants have mostly male flowers while others have mostly female flowers, with most plants having a few perfect hermaphrodite flowers. The nectar from the flowers is sought after by bees. Berries are small and blue. A handsome ornamental, and shade tree, its juicy fruits are loved by birds and mammals alike.

Site in a permanent location because its long taproot makes it difficult to transplant later. It is tolerant of drought, heat, dry and wet soils, and is moderately salt tolerant. 

Please use availability information as a guide only. The weather is a fickle thing, and impacts when our plants are actually available for shipping. Please be aware that we are not answering emails regarding plants availability. The best advice we can give you is to check back once in a while, choose a size option and check the current stock.


Ships ON, QC, NB, PE, NS

Also known as: Black Gum Tree, Sour Gum Tree, Pepperidge, Common Tupelo Tree

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