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Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatica

Brilliant, reliably red fall color highlight this tree every fall. Nice triangle shaped silhouette, and toleratant of wet, poor-draining soils.

SMUD Availability:
Yes
Size:
Medium
Height:
30-45 ft
Width:
15-30 ft
Water Needs:
Moderate to High
Evergreen or Deciduous:
Deciduous
Shape:
Pyramidal
Fall color:
Red
Flowers:
No
Growth Rate:
Moderate
Sunset Zones:
7, 8, 9, 14
Diseases and pests:
No serious problems in vigorous trees
Useful as a street tree? Minimum planting strip width?:
Yes, 5 1/2' planting strip

Minimum Planting Distances

  • from a building foundation: 15 feet
  • from walks and driveways: 6 feet
  • from a utility overhead (such as an overhead power line): 20 feet
  • between trees: 18 feet

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