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Nyssa sinensis

Chinese Tupelo or Chinese Black Gum
Zone: 10a, 10b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
Exposure: Dappled Shade
Plant Category: Shade & Flowering Trees
Height: Minimum 20 feet , Maximum 40 feet
Width: Minimum 15 feet , Maximum 30 feet
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A lovely and vigorous form of the deciduous swamp tupelo, this chinese species grows taller, to 40' or more and half as wide, with apical dominance (uprighteousness...) maintained much more easily than our native North American species. Sun to dappled shade. Best with summer water but tolerates some drought. Also sits happily in winter water. Fall colors are vibrant red to deep oranges to gold. Frost hardy in USDA zone 7.
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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

A smaller tree (to 20-50') than its American sister (to 100'), this rare Tupelo from the mountain woods of central China has 4-6"leaves, hairy at margins ; midrib, which turn the same bright reds ; yellows in fall. Sun/Med

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

We first met this plant at Forest Farm in southern Oregon when it was in full autumn splendor. Red new growth in spring. Deciduous tree 20' x 20'

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Submitted by Ref: Plantlust.com on 11/8/2012 4:30 PM

Smaller than its American cousin (30'), this tupelo has even better fall color, but it is not nearly so hardy. zone 6

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