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Wildfire Black Gum Tree

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'


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-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planting Mix
Wildfire Black Gum Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Wildfire Black Gum Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator

Growing Zones: 4-9
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-9
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

40-60 ft.

Mature Width:

30-40 ft.


Full Sun

Growth Rate:


Botanical Name:

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

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Brilliant Red Leaves, Even in Spring!

When everything else turns green, this tree stands out. You might be used to the fiery autumnal colors that Black Gum's are famous for, but the Wildfire Black Gum doesn't just bring those colors to the fall. At the dawn of spring, when the world lights up in green, the Wildfire Black Gum stands out with deep ruby red leaves.

Expect brilliant colors in the fall too. Of course, the Wildfire Black Gum won't disappoint you in autumn. You'll get crimson, orange and even purple leaves growing on this tree. The mesmerizing variety of colors can appear on one single tree, so this Black Gum will always surprise you with an assortment of the familiar, nostalgic colors of autumn.

You won't be the only one mesmerized by the tree. Wildlife adore the Wildfire Black Gum. Birds are especially fond of the blue berries that grow on the tree and of the pollinating insects that devour the nectar. For a few weeks in the spring, small flowers will appear that bees will love. In fact, this tree is sometimes known as Tupelo. It's the tree where bees begin the process of making their prized Tupelo honey.

Despite its size, its roots won't destroy your driveway. Unlike other large trees, you don't have to worry about the Wildfire Black Gum's roots taking over your entire property. This tree's roots grow deep into the ground and won't pop up and ruin your beautiful landscaping or crack your sidewalks and driveway.

Your family will enjoy this tree for years to come. Many Wildfire Black Gums live more than 70 years. Imagine the memories your family can make playing under the shade of this remarkable tree.

Enjoy the Wildfire, no matter where you live. The Wildfire Black Gum is tolerant of nearly every condition. From the dry, high altitude land of cold mountains to the deep, humid and hot swamps of the deep south, the Wildfire thrives. You don't have to worry about this tree being fragile. It will stand proud and strong in your landscape.

This tree is as low maintenance as you can get. The Wildfire takes hardly any work at all. Your family will enjoy the shade, comfort and beauty of this tree without having to worry about the hassle of high-maintenance.

There's no reason not to get this tree. It will add stunning aesthetic value to your landscape, no matter where you live. You'll never have to worry about it; you'll only enjoy it. Generations from now, your family will marvel at the beautiful tree you planted. You simply can't wait to begin your lifelong journey with this hardy, gorgeous tree.

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Customer Reviews

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beautiful little trees
Will definitely reorder from Fast Growing Trees again. Ordered 2 Wildfire Black Gums and a Green Gable. When I opened the box, I couldn't believe how nice these trees are. Lots of branching & foliage. They came with a very nice root ball and tap root. Can't wait till Spring to see them grow. The dirt seemed a little dry, but I watered immediately & planted immediately.
November 11, 2018
2 months ago
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Good Quality tree as usual
Arrived looking great. Planted 4 weeks ago and can’t wait to see the results next spring. Good quality tree’s is Fast Growing tree’s way of doing business. Have returned to purchase tree’s from them time n time again. Best selection and great deals on shipping add to my many many likes about fast growing tree’s.
October 18, 2018
3 months ago
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two black gums
6 foot trees arrived on time and in excellent condition.

Awesome packing job.

trees doing well in their first month.

July 17, 2018
7 months ago
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Wildfire Black Gum Tree Review
The tree arrived healthy and already well shaped. I’ve only had the tree in the ground for about a month and it is already sprouting new leaves. I would defiantly recommend using fast-growing-trees for all your tree needs but especially for those tough to find varieties not found in your local nursery.
July 10, 2018
7 months ago
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Purchased 2 Wildfire Black Gum Trees in the fall of 2016 to plant on each side of my drive. Both trees showed little change the whole of 2017. Spring of 2018 both trees started sprouting new growth and coming in really pretty, then suddenly for no reason one started dying. Had PH in soil tested, it was fine. Added more water, fertilizer etc. Tree died. Since I wanted matching trees on each side of drive I decided to transplant living tree and purchase two new trees. Planted them this spring and so far both trees are doing well and the transplanted tree is also doing well. Hopefully the one dying suddenly was just a one time occurrence.
June 27, 2018
7 months ago
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May 15, 2018
1 year ago
A tree that has potential...just waiting
Arrived in good shape...5' with about 8 branches with 1/4 inch leaves. I live in Southwest, Florida and dug a 4'x3' hole added - mixed tree and shrub soil with garden soil and sand....staked the tree and watered. It has been 21/2 months and the fast growing tree has lost a couple of leaves grown a couple of 1//2 - 1 in. leaves...maybe 1/2 inch height. It's now mid May and summer rains will soon be here so we will see how it does. Expect a big shade tree next to our this point slightly disappointed....this type of tree in Florida should have taken off....oh yea, I used fast growing tree fertilizer/started pellets. Ha, ha
May 15, 2018
9 months ago
Top leader pruned, but still a great tree
Arrived in healthy condition and had a great shape. I'll need to prune some of the lower branches to encourage height, but it's best to do that when dormant. I was disappointed to see that the top leader had been cut. Maybe to fit in the shipping box? I never cut a top leader unless it's damaged or it's competing with another. Overall, great tree and great price!
October 22, 2017
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Wildfire Black Gum Tree

Wildfire Black Gum Tree Planting Diretions

Planting Instructions: The most important thing to know about the Wildfire Black Gum is that is must be planted in acidic soil. If your soil's PH is high, add composted pine or oak leaves. The Wildfire will not thrive in soils that are too alkaline. Otherwise, the Wildfire is extremely resilient. It will need a lot of sunshine to develop a solid root system, so find a place in your yard that gets plenty of sun. You may need to stake up small, young trees if you live in a very windy area. If you want to deter wildlife, you can build a fence around the mature tree canopy (20' or so). The Wildfire loves moisture, but needs well-drained soil. Your tree will thrive amongst other vegetation or by rivers, lakes and streams. You should add mulch around the base of the tree for better water retention, but avoid getting too close to the trunk.


Watering: During the first few weeks, water your tree twice a week for 45 minutes. After that you can stick to only watering during dry spells using the same method of deeply watering for 45 minutes or using drip irrigation for 90 minutes.


Fertilization: You don’t need to fertilize your tree, but as it matures, you may want to increase its growth and production. If you do, add a slow-release formula around the base of the tree. You'll need to extend 2 feet beyond the tree canopy to saturate the roots. The rule of thumb is to use 2 cups of fertilizer for every 1 inch of diameter of the trunk.


Pruning: You can prune your tree in the winter if you like. Removing the lower branches will make it easier to stand under the tree for shade in the summer.


Pests: There should not be any pests on your Wildfire. To ensure your tree stays healthy, rake up the fallen leaves in the autumn to prevent any infestations.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
This tree is so beautiful and will be perfect for my small Florida home.
Betty B on Jan 8, 2019
Native tree, good color, beneficial to wildlife.
William P on Oct 13, 2018
This tree is so beautiful and will be perfect for my small Florida home.
Betty B on Jan 8, 2019
spring flowers for bees & blue fruit in fall for birds. Beautiful summer and fall color. Love the shinny leaves. Beautiful tree. Can't wait til it grows.
Elaine A on Oct 22, 2018
Native tree, good color, beneficial to wildlife.
William P on Oct 13, 2018
Stated deep root system, and the beautiful red leaves. Looking forward to getting this tree in the ground, and enjoying it for many years to come!
Nathaniel O on Oct 2, 2018
The amazing color and the right size for where I envision it in our backyard.
Terence K on Sep 23, 2018
wanted to add color to my front property
robert m on Aug 5, 2018
Grows fast
Darlene D on Jun 16, 2018
Color and canopy shape for shade.
Donna C on May 31, 2018
We adore this tree! It's stunning for 3 seasons and we are the envy of the neighborhood. :) As far as I can tell the "Wildfire" is the only one that is red in the spring and not found anywhere else. Many thanks!
deb j on Apr 5, 2018
Ordered this tree earlier today...Went outside , walked around and decided I wanted two.....Love this tree.
Martha G on Mar 24, 2018
After much research, this tree provides a excellent source of pollen and necter for my 🐝's.
Marlon T on Feb 13, 2018
Like the color. And I like the shade it will provide, Especially because the front of my house is facing the West as the Sun is going down in the evening.
Andrew M on Nov 27, 2017
bees, color, native plant
Laurie on Oct 30, 2017
same as above
adolfo b on Mar 9, 2017
want to plant indigenous trees.
Holley D on Oct 28, 2016
spring flowers for bees & blue fruit in fall for birds. Beautiful summer and fall color. Love the shinny leaves. Beautiful tree. Can't wait til it grows.
Elaine A on Oct 22, 2018
Stated deep root system, and the beautiful red leaves. Looking forward to getting this tree in the ground, and enjoying it for many years to come!
Nathaniel O on Oct 2, 2018
What is the diameter of the 6 foot trees on average?
Bratleys on Jul 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this tree in October/November of 2017. It came in well packaged. I believe that the diameter is slightly bigger than 2.0 feet. I know this because I wanted to protect the tree from the deer in our area and I created a plastic wire mesh that was approximately 2.0 feet in diameter. I couldn't get the mesh over the entire tree because there were some branches that prevented me from putting the mesh cage over the entire tree. At that point it didn't seem to make sense to put the wire mesh over the tree. Luckily, the deer have not bothered this tree. It could be because the 6 foot tree is tall and maybe the deer were looking for something easier to eat, but the tree is doing extremely well. I used about 76 inches of material to make the mesh cage and using the formula of diameter = circumference/Pi (or 3.1415), you get about 24 inches. Hope this helps. I also measured the diameter afterwards when I was done.
Are the leaves ever green? I only see pictures of it in red.
JCGeo on Oct 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi GCGeo,It is harder to find pictures of this tree in the spring and summer, that is when you will see it with its green leaves. The new leaves start out green in the spring with a touch of red on the edges that turns into solid green as each leaf develops. Most of the time the leaves will be green. It is only in the fall that you will see the leaves turn full-on red.
This tree would be next to an underground water line and we also have a septic tank in our front yard (probably 30 feet away)...would this tree's roots become a problem for either?
TBuss on Jan 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I do not know but my tree guru is Larry Caplan Horticulture. He can tell you anything you want to know. Just google him or find him on FaceBook.

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