Wildfire Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica ‘Wildfire’) also known as the Tupelo tree, is truly a marvel. The Wildfire Black Gum cultivar is a striking bright red in the autumn, living up to its “fiery” common name. However, the Wildfire Black Gum isn’t just scarlet in the fall, but its new spring growth arrives in a burst of red and orange before it mellows out into a lovely shade of green throughout the summer months. Bees love the flowers that the Wildfire Black Gum produces in the spring, and the tree is native to the northeastern United States, making it a wonderful staple pollinator tree in addition to its obviously stunning autumn foliage that rivals even beautiful red maples.
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Photos taken at Old Town June 2021 and 2022.