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Tupelo (black gum)

Nyssa sylvatica

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The black tupelo is also known as the blackgum, sourgum, or Pepperidge tree. It is a highly adaptable tree, growing about a foot each year in nearly all conditions. In the autumn, the black tupelo displays a range of brilliant orange, red, and purple fall color. As the tree ages, its distinctive bark can resemble alligator hide.

 Tree Height 
 Mature Crown Spread 
Mature
Tree Height
50-75 FT
Mature
Crown Width
20-30 FT
Growth
Per Year
<1-2 FT

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