1606 N 600 Rd, Baldwin City, 66006

black gum, tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

One of the best native trees for fall color according to Michael Dirr, black tupelo is a terrific choice displaying fall hues of yellow, orange, bright red and purple—often on the same branch. Distinctive bark adds interest, and while blooms may not be showy, butterflies and bees are appreciative of the late-spring food source. Grows to a height of 30–50’ and a spread of 20–30’ at a slow to medium rate, with height increases of anywhere from less than 12” to 24” per year.