Nyssa sylvatica Marshall

Black Tupelo, Black Gum, Sour Gum, Pepperidge

Cultivar Lakeside Weeper Form

Cultivar Lakeside Weeper Form


Family: Comaceae

Genus: Nyssa

Category: Tree - Deciduous

Zones: (3)4 to 9

Size: 30 to 50' tall, 20 to 30' wide

Growth Rate: Slow

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Pyramidal when young but more spreading and horizontal in maturity. Prefers moist, acidic soil. Tolerates poorly drained soils and occasional flooding. Also drought tolerant. Not easily transplanted because of the long taproot. Good shade tree. Yellow to orange to red autumn color.


'Lakeside Weeper' - arching branches


Published in Arbust. Amer. 97 in 1785.

Native to eastern Canada, eastern and central US and Mexico.

Introduced to cultivation in 1750.

RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002 and Award of Merit in 1951.

Catesby's Natural History Volume I Page 41 Plate 41 shows "The Tupelo Tree" and the description of the wood matches that of Marshall in Arbust. Amer. Some sources show this as Nyssa aquatica L.


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