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Nyssa sylvatica

 
Nyssa sylvatica
Leaves in mid-June

Common name blackgum; tupelo
Family nyssaceae
Life cycle tree (Z5-9)
Flowers insignificant (May)
Size to 80'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

Tree native to eastern North America, growing into an upright vase shape with glossy oblong to obovate leaves. Purple-blue berries. It makes its biggest splash in autumn, when its leaves turn a range of brilliant colors.

blackgum; tupelo
Glossy new growth in mid-May
Nyssa sylvatica
Turning orange-red in second half of October

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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