Sour Gum, Blackgum, Tupelo, Pepperidge
Nyssa sylvatica 'Zydeco Twist'

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

Category:

Trees

Height:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:

30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Green

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Good Fall Color

Other details:

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

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:

By grafting

By budding

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Madisonville, Louisiana

Gardeners' Notes:

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1
neutral
1
negative
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Negative

On May 9, 2015, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This tree is particularly sensitive to basic or high ph. One tree I planted turned yellow after 4 weeks in my known basic to high ph yard. The second tree I purchased as a gift developed tremendous canker after being green and putting off plenty of growth the summer before. This spring the tree lost many branches and has black dead areas all over the tree including the main stem, unfortunately cannot be saved.

Neutral

On Apr 20, 2015, byrd746 from Madisonville, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very unique tree with twisted branches. 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.