Nyssa sylvatica


Tupelos grow into wide, pyramidal trees with horizontal branches. Their leaves color orange or red, most are very bright. Shopping for a tree in the fall is the best way to get a colorful one.

Lawns are a good location for Tupelos, but they will be fine in any landscape that gets medium water. They will grow in waterlogged soil, but they may develop surface roots in that situation.

About half of all Tupelos are female and will produce small seeds which are dry and non-staining. They attract birds in the fall.

Height: 30-45 feet
Spread: 25-35 feet
Growth Rate: Moderate

Irrigation needed: medium
Fall Color: Red/Orange/maroon
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Seeds/Fruit: Dark oval seeds on female trees, fall

Planting Distances
Foundation: 15 feet
Drives/Patios: 6 feet
Fence: 6 feet
Too tall for under high voltage power lines