Nyssa sylvaticaItem #6295 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
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Awesome display of orange-yellow-scarlet foliage in fall turns to a dramatic show of bare, red-tinged branches in winter. Dark blue fruit attracts birds. Terrific garden tree. Deciduous.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.Average Landscape Size:Moderate grower to 30 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide, can become larger.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:NIS-a sil-VAT-i-kaPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:RoundGrowth rate:ModerateAverage landscape size:Moderate grower to 30 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide, can become larger.Special features:Bird Friendly, Fall Color, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Road Salt, Waterwise, Year-round InterestFoliage color:GreenBlooms:InconspicuousDesign IdeasThis beautiful native of the Southeast is an excellent tree for low and damp areas. Use as a shade tree in wild and native gardens. Place in the back of the landscape, where it has room to flourish.Companion PlantsSweetgum (Liquidambar); Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora); Yellow Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea); Swamp Jessamine (Gelsemium); Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus)
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, needs only occasional watering.
- History & LoreHistory:This native tree enjoys a very large range of low swampy sites extending from Canada to Florida and west to Texas into Mexico. An important tree to the honey industry introduced to Europe in 1750. It was classified by Humphrey Marshall of Pennsylvania.Lore:Linnaeus who conferred the name, Nyssa, after a mythological water nymph to describe the tree's preference for watery sites.