70 Sourgum, Black Tupelo, Blackgum

Tall, pyramidal canopy of the Sourgum with late summer green foliage.Facts About Sourgum, Black Tupelo or Blackgum

Nyssa sylvatica

Native to: Eastern Americas
Crown: Round pyramidal, sometimes irregular
Height: 30 - 50 feet
Width: 15 - 25 feet
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate

Characteristics: This tree has a brilliant fall leaf display of yellow to orange, scarlet, and burguny. It has inconspicuous flowers with bluish black olive-like fruit that attracts birds. The bark is dark with an alligator-hide appearance. It is somewhat tolerant of shade. It does well in all soils, tolerating poor drainage and occasional.

Negative Features: Does not transplant well, especially in hot weather, or do well in heavily polluted areas. Treat for tent caterpillar, if necessary

Uses: Good for all street situations where room allows on arterial, collector, and residential streets.

Comments: Sourgum is an excellent shade tree for use in Beaverton. It grows slowly, but eventually develops into a medium sized shade tree. It doesn't transplant well due to a taproot, so use young tress in containers or from stock with roots balled in soil and wrapped with burlap, and plant with care during cool seasons.

Engraved stone sign for Sourgum, Nyssa sylvatica.
Graphic of a golden, smiling sun.
Graphic of planter dimension for 8 ft.