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)

  • details

    SIZE AND POT INFORMATION: More details coming in May
    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.




Opening in May

Specific dates and

times coming soon.


Norwell, Massachusetts

Specific address announcement coming soon.


News, helpful tips, and updates on plant availability.

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