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Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

Family: Nyssaceae
Genus: Nyssa (NY-suh) (Info)
Species: sylvatica (sil-VAT-ee-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Wildfire

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over 40 ft. (12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

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


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive JEricJ On Sep 17, 2013, JEricJ from Harrison, NY wrote:

Love Tupelo's - Don't actually have a Wildfire yet, but they look beautiful - on my list for next tree purchased.

QUESTION - Can someone confirm if the wildfire clone is a female? I've been looking at nurseries but have yet to find a wildfire with fruit - other cultivars are fruiting.


Positive pvantuyl On Nov 28, 2010, pvantuyl from McLean, VA wrote:

We have the 'Wildfire' Blackgum planted in a sunny spot in our yard in McLean, Virginia. It is my favorite tree in the yard--maybe in the world. About 3 years old, it has an attractive somewhat irregular shape and beautiful shiny leaves. Even in the summer the leaves have tinges of red on them. In the fall...OMG. It's spectacular.


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

Georgetown, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Mc Lean, Virginia

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