Sour Gum, Blackgum, Tupelo, Pepperidge
Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

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

Category:

Trees

Height:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Other details:

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

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Georgetown, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Madisonville, Louisiana

Mc Lean, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Apr 19, 2015, byrd746 from Madisonville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a gorgeous tree that is relatively fast growing for a Black Gum. I gave it a neutral rating because it is a male cultivar and therefore doesn't produce the bird-attracting drupes that I had hoped it would.

Positive

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.

Thanks

Positive

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.