Rock Crest Gardens Nursery

Additional information

Common Name

Black Tupelo

Potting Type

B & B

Sun Requirement

Full sun to partial shade

Growth Rate

Slow 1"-6" per year




14' 2.5" cal

Nyssa sylvatica

Nyssa sylvatica is a slow-growing, deciduous tree. It is primarily a lowland tree found in low wet woods, bottomlands and pond peripheries, but also can be found on dry rocky wooded slopes and ravines. A stately tree with a straight trunk and rounded crown (more pyramidal when young) that typically grows 30-50′ tall, but occasionally to 90′. Primarily dioecious (separate male and female trees), but each tree often has some perfect flowers. Small, greenish-white flowers appear in spring on long stalks (female flowers in sparse clusters and male flowers in dense heads). Although flowers are not showy, they are an excellent nectar source for bees. Flowers give way to oval, 1/2″ long fruits which are technically edible but quite sour (hence the common name). Fruits mature to a dark blue and are attractive to birds and wildlife. Spectacular scarlet fall color.


Contact Us To Learn More About Nyssa sylvatica