Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'
Black Tupelo is a beautiful native landscape tree known for its exceptional fall color. The cultivar Black Tupelo 'Wildfire' offers an exciting addition with its reddish new growth adding splashing color to the summer landscape. Foliage matures to a rich, glossy green, resistant to fungal diseases. During the dormant season, the horizontal branches produce a layered outline. Hardy and resilient, Black Tupelo 'Wildfire', or Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire' tolerates urban soil environments quite well provided the PH is not too high. Growth rate is slow to medium. Black Tupelo grows 40'-50' high and 20'-30' wide.
To showcase Wildfire’s new growth, avoid planting the tree among or in front of dark-colored objects or trees. American Smoketree, with its lime-green foliage, makes a wonderful companion plant. With its strong, horizontal branching, Black Tupelo's structure will serve as a visual anchor in the garden. The structure makes an excellent silhouette in the dormant season so, if possible, plant where the outline is visible above the horizon. This also allows the blue sky to serve as a perfect background for the brilliant fall color.
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