Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' at Cathays Cemetery

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' 0

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame'
late October 2020

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' 1

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame'
late May 2021

Grid reference ST 18132 78441
Common name Tupelo
Origin Garden origin
Deciduous Yes
Map section U
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 9M October 2020
Girth 80cm + 44cm October 2020
Girth 82cm + 53cm May 2021
Reference 613

This tree is beside the Fairoak Road railings.

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' bark2

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' bark
late May 2021

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' bark1

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' bark
early June 2021

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' foliage1

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' Authum leaves
late October 2020

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' leaf2

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' leaves & new leaf
early June 2021

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' flower1

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' flowers
early June 2021

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' flower2

Nyssa sylvatica 'Jermyns Flame' flowers
mid June 2021

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.