Sour Gum

Nyssa sylvatica



Medium to large tree often found growing in forested wetlands and moist uplands. Scarlet fall color, one of the first species to turn color in the fall. 30 to 50 feet with horizontally spreading branches. Flowers appear May to June and are an excellent source of nectar for bees. Tolerates sun, partial shade and shade. Prefers moist, acidic soils. Difficult to transplant once established due to long taproot.

Plant Overview:

Other Common Names:Blackgum, Black Tupelo
Plant Family:Cornaceae
Plant Duration:Perennial
Plant Type:Trees
Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife:Bees, Birds
Bloom Time:Mid May to mid June
Fruit Timing:Early September to October
Global and State Rank:G5, SNR
Commercially available landscape plant?No
Soil Characteristics:
Soil Type:Clay, Loam, Sandy
Soil Moisture:Moist
Soil pH:Acidic, Slightly Acidic
Light Needs:
Opitmal Light:Partial shade
Light Range:Partial Shade
Water Needs of Plant:
Soil Moisture:Moist

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