Nyssa sylvatica

Item 062955


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  • Light Needs
    Full sun
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.

Awesome display of orange-yellow-scarlet foliage in fall turns to a dramatic show of bare, red-tinged branches in winter. Dark blue fruit attracts birds. Terrific garden tree. Deciduous.

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Average Landscape Size
Moderate growing; reaches 30 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide, or larger.
Botanical Name: Nyssa sylvatica
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Deciduous
Growth Rate: Moderate
Special Feature: Attractive Bark, Fall Color, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Wet Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Bloom Time: Inconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Flower Color: No
Garden Style: Rustic ,   Cottage ,   Contemporary
Design Ideas: This beautiful native of the Southeast is an excellent tree for low and damp areas. Use as a shade tree in wild and native gardens. Place in the back of the landscape, where it has room to flourish.

Provide deep, acidic, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established prefers evenly moist soil, but tolerates dry spells and heavy moisture. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure in winter.


Linnaeus who conferred the name, Nyssa, after a mythological water nymph to describe the tree's preference for watery sites.

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