Nyssa Sylvatica- Black Tupelo

General:  Tupelo is a large and beautiful native tree often used as a specimen. Grows 30 to 50’ in height with a spread of 20-30.’ In its youth, tupelo is pyramidal but becomes spreading with age, forming an irregular flat topped crown.

Leaves: Alternate, oval or obovate and 3-6” long. Toothed and dark green. Leaves emerge late in the season, turn dark green in the summer and display a beautiful fall color that ranges from yellow/orange to scarlet/purple.
Flowers:  Small, greenish yellow and appearing with the leaves, late April to early May. Not ornamental.

Fruit: oblong drupe ½” long. Blueish black September- October. Enjoyed by a variety of birds and mammals.

Bark: Varied. Dark gray, brown, or brown black and broken into thick irregular ridges.

Attributes:  Excellent specimen and street tree in residential areas. Does not tolerate heavy pollution. Outstanding summer and fall foliage.



Hardiness:  Zones 4-9

Growing Conditions: Moist, well drained acid soils. Full sun to part shade. Sites protected from the wind preferred.

Maintenance:  Tupelos are susceptible to leaf spot which can cause irregular black lesions. Little pruning necessary.

Transplanting: Difficult to transplant due to taproots. Ideal if moved balled and burlapped in early spring.

Our Experience
Experience at Great Hill

Our tupelos have stayed disease free and are impressive large specimens that add a ton of interest to the landscape, especially in the fall. They are a beautiful native tree with a unique habit and impressive foliage.