Wooden Surface


Nyssa sylvatica

Commonly known as blackgum or black tupelo, this tree species can handle a variety of soils from somewhat drought-tolerant to straight up standing water. It has a long taproot which allows it to adapt to many different conditions, but this also precludes it from being easily moved, so plan ahead with your planting space!


Small greenish-white flowers blossom in the spring and serve as a food source for bees, and give way to elongated dark blue fruits which are edible but quite sour. The leaves have a brilliant scarlet color in the fall.


Use: Fruit is edible raw or cooked. A bit sour, but great in preserves.


Source: grown from seed by Pinelands Nursery, New Jersey

Nyssa sylvatica (Blackgum)

SKU: 102933988630
  • details

    AVAILABLE IN 2022  
    type: tree
    sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade, shade
    water needs: average, moist
    height: 30-60'
    plant spacing: 40' distance
    bloom time: April, May, June
    bloom color: white, green, brown
  • special notes

    edible parts: fruit, although sour.
    salt tolerant. Some salt exposure should not be fatal to the plant but some leaf burning may still occur.