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Nyssa spp.

Also known as

Sour gum

Nyssa sylvatica JPG1a by Jean-Pol GRANDMONT (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Tupelo Overview

Nyssa is a small genus is in the Nyssaceae family of flowering trees. It contains 9 species and originates from parts of North America and East Asia where they grow in areas prone to flooding. As a result they are highly tolerant of wet soils. These plants are deciduous and the cultivated species such as N. sylvatica (Tupelo or Black gum) are grown primarily for their brilliant autumn colour. Flowers are non-showy, small and coloured green-yellow, leading onto discrete black fruits. They prefer a sheltered, undisturbed site in moist soil.

How to propagate Tupelo


Softwood cuttings in summer.


Seed in autumn.

Special features of Tupelo

Autumn colour

Other uses of Tupelo

Grown for their foliage and brilliant autumn colour.