Tupelo Tower Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica ‘WFH1’)

Tupelo Tower Black Gum

  • Vivid Fall Color
  • Excellent Screen
  • Perimeter Planting
  • Red Fall Foliage
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wildlife Tree

Rapunzel would feel right at home letting her hair down from the top of the Tupelo Tower Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica ‘WFH1’). This lovely towering Black Gum is the new tree on the block and is making its name by outperforming most of its peers while keeping its slim figure.

The Tupelo Tower Black Gum grows in a narrow, columnar form and was selected from a native Ohio species bringing extra hardiness with it.

Its form makes it exceptionally attractive with a center leader, but stays compact in its lateral size. This makes it an ideal Tupelo for smaller yard and landscaping uses.

When it comes to that Tupelo Tower Black Gum’s foliage, you can expect ovular, shiny green leaves that create a dense green display from spring into fall. When temperatures drop and fall begins, the Tupelo Tower turns from a modest yet verdant green tree into a blazing and showy specimen.

Its foliage takes on an autumnal spectrum of yellows and flame-orange and fiery red. In fact, this humble tree with its tear-drop shape looks like a living bonfire.

Why a Black Gum? They offer a low-maintenance, attractive display, and are on the top of the list for wildlife favorites. Birds, bees, and squirrels cannot help but flock to Tupelos. They love to nest in its branches and snack on its fruit.

Use your Tupelo Tower Black Gum as a property perimeter marker that will provide a lovely show come fall and plenty of privacy when you’re out enjoying your yard.

As its name implies, this tree also makes for a lovely height accent among your other shrubs and trees. Of course, adding one by your woodland area for wildlife is a kind gesture.

This Tupelo prefers full sun and partial shade and will thrive with almost no maintenance once established

If you’re looking for architecture interest and amazing fall color, say no more. The Tupelo Tower Black Gum is a great fit for almost any yard.

Tupelo Tower Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica ‘WFH1’) Details

Common name Tupelo Tower Black Gum
Botanical name Nyssa sylvatica 'WFH1'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 4-9
Growth rate Medium, Slow
Height 30 - 40 ft.
Width 18 - 20 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White