Nyssa aquatica - Water Tupelo

Nyssa aquatica - Water Tupelo

From swampy areas of the south-eastern United States, Nyssa aquatica is a large, deciduous tree with a broadly columnar, pyramidal habit and a rounded crown; the trunk has a swollen base. The big ovate to oblong leaves are green, often downy underneath, turning brilliant pink and red in autumn. In late spring, unobtrusive greenish-white flowers appear, and these are followed, on mature trees, by dark purple fruits, 1”/2.5cm long. Also known as the cotton gum, water tupelo is a rare tree in these islands, and an interesting choice where land floods or is boggy.

Site: Sheltered
Soil:  Moist, fertile, neutral to acid soil; does best in wet soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of interest: Spring to autumnHardiness: Very hardy
Height: more than  50’ (15m)  Spread: more than 15’ (4.5m) in 20 years
Type | Size: Pot | 5L
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