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Nyssa sylvatica

Native Plants

Sour Gum

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Nyssa sylvatica is a shining beacon in the autumn landscape. Dark green, glossy leaves reliably transform into the most brilliant shades of scarlet and orange unparalleled by any other tree. Reaching up to 60’ tall, it provides great architectural form with its pyramidal shape and perpendicular branching. In the garden, sour gum can grow in a wide range of soils from dry to periodically wet, as long as the soils are acidic. While sour gum is a slow growing tree, it is worth including this stunning specimen in the garden. Some garden companions include Viburnum rafinesquianum, Viburnum acerifolium, Gaultheria procumbens, Rhododendron periclymenoides, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, Osmunda regalis, and Vaccinium pallidum.

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  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, mid-summer
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
    orange, red, yellow 
  • Fruit/Seed Color