Wildfire Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

This fantastic native selection heralds spring with bright red new foliage, turning rich dark green before a brilliant fall finale with yellow-orange, and vibrant scarlet. Excellent Leafspot resistance. Brown-black bark is heavily textured. Red-tinged branches add winter interest. Small ornamental black fruit is loved by birds. Deciduous.
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Once established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.


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Botanical PronunciationNIS-a sil-VAT-i-ka
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 30 to 50 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous; prized for foliage.
Watering NeedsOnce established, water deeply, occasionally; more in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsSouthern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora); Dogwood (Cornus); Winterberry (Ilex verticillata); Swamp Jessamine (Gelsemium); Sweetgum (Liquidambar); Carolina Allspice (Calycanthus floridus)

Provide deep, acidic, moist, well-drained soil. Water deeply and regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system. Once established prefers evenly moist soil, but tolerates dry spells and heavy moisture. Apply fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune for shape and structure in winter.

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Good to grow...for one season