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Wildfire Black Gum Tree

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

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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.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

20-25 ft.

Growth Rate:

Fast

Drought Tolerance:

Good

Botanical Name:

Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'

Does Not Ship To:

AZ



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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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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.


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