Plant Catalog - NYSSA SYLVATICA
Black Tupelo Tree, Sour Gum, Pepperidge, Black Gum Tree
A deciduous tree with an attractive horizontal branching structure. Glossy, dark green leaves turn yellow-green to reddish-purple in fall. Small, dark blue fruits are produced if a male tree is nearby. Fruit is edible, yet very sour. Flowers and berries are beneficial to pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. Native to the eastern U.S.
USDA zones: 3 - 9
Sunset zones: 2 - 10, 14 - 21
Mature size: 30 - 50 feet high and 20 - 40 feet wide
Light needs: full sun or partial shade
Water needs: moderate to regular water