|Grid reference||ST 18132 78441|
|Planted||by Malcolm Frazer c.1995|
|Height||9M October 2020|
|Girth||80cm + 44cm October 2020|
|Girth||82cm + 53cm May 2021|
This tree is beside the Fairoak Road railings.
General tree description
Nyssa sylvatica is a medium to large tree, up to 22 metres tall with a conic crown. Its bark is grey, with broad vertical ridges. The leaves are glossy, dark or yellowish green above, smooth whitish green beneath, and very variable in size and shape - 5 to 12 cm long (rarely 18 x 7cm) and obovate to elliptic. They are generally untoothed but can have a few coarse teeth. The autumn colour is vivid scarlet and gold. There are tiny, yellow-green flowers on long stalks in mid June. Male flowers are 3mm across, and females 4 mm, conic or cylindrical in shape. The flowers are followed by small, dull purple fruits about 10mm long.
N. sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' is a form selected in 1985 from specimens in the Sir Harold Hillier Gardens & Arboretum. It has relatively large leaves with striking autumn colours of red, yellow and orange.