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Tupelo GumFenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Tupelo gum (Nyssa sylvatica)


Easily grown in average, medium to wet soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, acidic soils. Tolerates poorly-drained soils and can grow in standing water. On the other end of the spectrum, tolerates some drought and adapts to some dryish soils, at least in the wild. Long taproot precludes moving established trees. Female trees need a male pollinator to set fruit. Spectacular scarlet fall color. The plant is part of the Dogwood Family. At maturity, it reaches 30 to 90 feet tall and the truck diameter grows up to four feet.
Nyssa sylvatica