• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering 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.
    Key Feature:
    Drought Tolerant
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:NIS-a sil-VAT-i-ka
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate grower to 30 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide, can become larger.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Garden styleCottage, Rustic
    Design 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)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow 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:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Low
    Once established, needs only occasional watering.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    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.