Sour Gum, or Black Gum

Nyssa sylvatica

A good tree. Can be expected to perform well in Keizer.


Deciduous (loses leaves over winter).  Broadly pyramidal when young with horizontal branching from a central trunk, becoming more rounded with age. Moderate growth to 45 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Variable foliage can be spectacular in summer and fall, lustrous dark green, quite handsome, from yellow-oranges to bright reds in fall. Leaves to 6 inches long, 1½ to 3 inches wide.


Adaptable to urban soils. Best in full sun, but shade tolerant. Wonderful shade tree with distinct form and foliage. Dark and glossy summer leaves give appearance all season. Fall colors some of brightest in landscape.  Spring flowers inconspicuous.

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