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Black Tupelo

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Plant Information
Common Name Black Tupelo
Botanical Name Nyssa sylvatica
Plant Type Shade
Mature Height 40 to 50 ft
Mature Width 25 to 30 ft
Growth Habit Pyramidal
Bloom Color Green-white
Bloom Interest Insignificant
Bloom Period May to June
Seasonal Interest Fall
Foliage Color Green
Foliage Type Simple
Fall Color Red-Orange to Yellow
Attributes Clay Soil, Shade Tree, Street Tree, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Birds Yes
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
USDA Hardiness Zone 4 to 9
Zoned for KC Region Yes
Water Preference Moist,Well-drained,Wet
Maintenance Level Moderate
Cost Low
Watering Notes Prefers moist to wet soils. Water deeply twice a week when tree is young.
Fertilize Notes According to Missouri Department of Conservation, trees seldom need to be fertilized even when planting. But it may be used to increase growth rates. If the tree is weak or distressed, fertilizer should only be applied sparingly.
Prune Notes Prune lower drooping branches each winter for ease of walking or mowing.