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Sour Gum, Blackgum, Tupelo, Pepperidge 'Red Rage'

Nyssa sylvatica

Family: Nyssaceae
Genus: Nyssa (NY-suh) (Info)
Species: sylvatica (sil-VAT-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Red Rage
Additional cultivar information:(aka Red Rage, Hayman's Red)
Hybridized by Hayman



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


over 40 ft. (12 m)


30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer




Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From semi-hardwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Kingston, New York

Mc Lean, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 2, 2014, Toots1214 from East Kingston, NY wrote:

Searched high and low to find this tree for sale in a nursery in the Hudson Valley of NY. Finally located it at Story's Nursery in Freehold, NY. It is not a tree you find commonly in upstate NY but I saw photos someone had posted on a garden site and was absolutely blown away by the fall color. We have the sugar maples that turn a glorious red in the fall but I wanted something different and that would also attract birds. This tree satisfied my needs. We planted it in the early fall of 2013 and we had a very tough winter. I am happy to report that it came through the winter unscathed. Leaves are a beautiful glossy green and it is starting to set fruit. So far, so good. Can't wait to see what it will look like in the fall.