Nyssa sylvatica at Cathays Cemetery

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Nyssa sylvatica
late October 2020

Grid reference ST 18132 78441
Common name Tupelo
Common name Black gum tree
Alternative name Nyssa multiflora
Origin East North America
Deciduous Yes
Status Rather rare
Map section U
Planted by Malcolm Frazer c.1995
Height 9M October 2020
Girth 80cm + 44cm October 2020
Reference 613

This tree is beside the Fairoak Road railings

Nyssa sylvatica bark

Nyssa sylvatica bark
late October 2020

Nyssa sylvatica leaf

Nyssa sylvatica leaf
late October 2020

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Nyssa sylvatica Authum leaves
late October 2020

General tree description

Nyssa sylvatica is a medium sized to large tree, up to about 22 metres tall, with a broadly columnar shape, and grey, furrowed bark. Its leaves are up to 15cm long and vary in shape, but are generally ovate and pointed. They are dark glossy green, becoming spectacular shades of red, orange and yellow in autumn. Tiny greenish flowers appear in June, followed by egg-shaped, blue-black fruits, 8 to 16mm long.