Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wild Fire’

black gum

black tupelo

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Outstanding Qualities

The spring foliage emerges a rich, deep red and flushes of new growth continue this trait until maturity brings a glossy dark green. As the growing season ends the leaves change to an autumnal blend of orange, yellow, scarlet and purple. The tree form is a well-branched, broadly pyramidal to oval shape.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: oval tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 40 ft. 0 in. (12.19 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 25 ft. 0 in. (7.62 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 6 to 8

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: regular summer watering

Seasonal Interest: red new growth and superb autumnal color

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: blue, dark green

Great Color Partners: orange, purple, violet

Culture Notes
This cultivar, 'Wild fire', like the species, prefers to grow in full sun, but will tolerate to light or open shade. It is adaptable to many different soil conditions from well-drained to wet soils. It will also tolerate sandy sites and clay. It looks best when it gets regular summer watering. Little pruning is needed to maintain its shape, remove dead, broken or poorly formed branches.