Nyssa sylvatica Cultivars
Sourgum, Black Tupelo or Black Gum, or whatever your common regional name is for Nyssa sylvatica, chances are you would plant more if you could get your hands on nice specimens. Sourgum’s biggest attraction is its spectacular fall color. Its nemesis has been the irregular form that plagues successful growing and use of the straight species.
- Green Gable™
- Gum Drop®
- Northern Splendor
- Red Rage®
- Tupelo Tower™
The new cultivars now provide us with more desirable and reliable growth habit. And their fall color can be “stop in your tracks, knock your socks off, spectacular”! A current favorite in Afterburner® appropriately named of course. Summer leaf color is the richest of greens and fire engine red in the fall. But it appears that all of the cultivars have excellent fall color and the narrowest cultivar is the Tupelo Tower™.
Nyssa are know to be deep rooted with limited fibrous roots and are said to be difficult to transplant. That is not our experience, but try to find B & B trees that have been transplanted more than once. Container or root-bag trees may also be easier to transplant. Once established, they become near bullet proof trees. Their deep roots may also result in less infrastructure damage as long as deeper soils are available. Put a down payment on what you want early because these will all be hot and hard to find trees!
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