Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’ – Black Gum or Tupelo


A premier shade tree valued for its pest resistance, dense branching habit and blue berries for birds on female plants. The foliage has few rivals among woody plants, particularly this variety with its unusual reddish new growth in spring. During summer, the leaves remain incredibly dark green and glossy. Their beauty intensifies with the arrival of fall, when they turn a bright scarlet with hints of orange, and yellow.

‘Wildfire’ is a male tree.

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Sour Gum family, Nyssaceae; some botanists place the genus in the  Dogwood family, Cornaceae

Updated 24 February 2023

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Pot size

7-Gallon 6-7', 7-Gallon 7-9', 10-Gallon