Zydeco Twist Black Gum

Status: Out of Stock
Mature Height: 18 to 22 ft.
Mature Spread: 15 ft.
Proper Name: Nyssa sylvatica 'Zydeco Twist'

Collections: New Blooms Local Stock

Product type: Ornamental Trees

Tags: Deer Resistant, Fall Color, Full Sun, Leaf (Red), Native (Cultivar), Ornamental Leaves, Wet Conditions, Winter Interest


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The Zydeco Twist Black Gum, or Tupelo, tree is a unique selection that will immediately add a point of interest to your yard. Its zigzag branches are similar to that of a corkscrew willow and give the tree an appearance that simply draws the eye. In winter the zigzag branches really pop making this tree great specimen planting for a medium sized area. The black gum is an excellent fall tree and often holds out a little later for its show, but when transitions you can't mistake it. Leaves change from green/orange quickly to red with mottled darker red splotches that make it deeper in color, but simultaneously more brilliant than many of the maple cultivars.

When caring for these trees we recommend maintaining the usual mulch ring to protect the tree from elements, competing plants, and yard equipment for the first few years. The roots of a black gum tree should to be kept wet, but the tree appreciates a deeper more prolonged watering regiment than other shade trees and it can tolerate soil that gets well soaked, but doesn't stay wet. Slow release fertilizer can be applied (per directions on the bag) in the early fall to give the tree a boost that will carry through to spring. See our care tab below for more details.

Bloom Color:Insignificant
Bloom Period:Late spring
Fall Color:Fire-wagon red with mottled darker red splotches
Foliage Color:Bright green in early spring darkening with summer
Genus & Species:Nyssa sylvatica 'Zydeco Twist'
Growth Rate:Slow to Moderate
Mature Height:18 to 22 ft.
Mature Spread:15 ft.
Soil Type:Likes soils that get consistently wet, but don't stay permanently wet. Will do well in well drained soil that is high in organic matter
Sun Exposure:Full sun
Zone:5 to 9

General care for any tree or shrub is easy, please educate yourself and follow these simple rules.

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