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Nyssa sylvatica Tree

Black Tulepo Trees

from From £49.99 (ex. VAT)
( £59.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

A beautiful ornamental tree with glossy, mid-green foliage that turns striking shades of orange, red and yellow in the autumn. Nyssa sylvatica grows in a symmetrical, conical shape spreading to 5 x 4 metres in 20 years so it never gets too big for most situations. This attractive tree will grow in most well-drained soils in a sheltered position in full or partial sun. The Black Gum tree is definitely a great choice where autumn colour is a must. A lovely choice for autumn colour, rivalling Japanese Maples with greater scale (whilst remaining a small tree) and better suited to damper conditions.

Introduced to the Netherlands from eastern North America approximately 1747 and added to many European gardens over the following centuries. Tulepo trees are often found in the wild in wetter areas, even close to streams where the water reflects the spectacular hues of its blazing foliage. It is therefore well suited to moist (but well drained) soils although it will tolerate standing in water for short periods.

Nyssa Sylvatica prefers acidic soils including heavy clay but will grow in neutral to slightly alkaline/chalky conditions. On drier soils, keep well watered in dry spells and keep young trees irrigated during establishment. The black gum tree is good in partial shade as well as open situations. It is largely pest and disease free and is low maintenance with little pruning needed on this relatively slow growing tree.

AKA Black gum tree, Tulepo tree, Black tulepo tree, Sourgum, Pepperidge, Beetlebung more ›
Variety Root Type Height Now Form ? Price Qty Basket
Nyssa sylvatica Nyssa sylvatica
7L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (ex. VAT)
Nyssa sylvatica Nyssa sylvatica
45L pot 150-175cm Multi-stem £179.99 (ex. VAT)
Nyssa sylvatica Nyssa sylvatica
45L pot approx 3.0-3.5m Premium Standard Tree, 10-12cm girth £289.99 (ex. VAT)
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Please note: Sunday 17th December is the last order date for Christmas delivery (excludes pleached and mature trees which have an earlier deadline).

Delivery Timescales

All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team. Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order, with many being despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours. To be on the safe side allow up to 10 working days for despatch. These trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your delivery. You can give instructions on where to leave it via the checkout or send us an email (

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs help unloading the trees.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure at no extra charge, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.


Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees with a height of 1.5-2 metres) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature trees, pleached trees or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy as many trees as you want for the same delivery cost and so it can work out to be economical.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.


Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Nyssa Sylvatica trees

When planting Nyssa trees it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Nyssa trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around, inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

If your soil is poor, mix 50% of the original soil with 50% high quality compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. We recommend planting any ornamental tree with a stake and tie, to see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Black Tulepo trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Black Gum trees

Nyssa trees do not require regular pruning. If you wish to tidy up your Nyssa tree, do this during the dormant season. Focus on removing any damaged, diseased or overcrowded branches. If you require a clear trunk, remove any side shoots to help raise the crown.

Nyssa sylvatica Tree (Black Tulepo Trees) Description

  • Common name: Black tulepo tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Autumn
  • Foliage: Glossy, dark-green leaves turn orange, red and yellow in autumn
  • Soil: Moist but well drained sites are preferred, but suited to most soil types