Firestarter Black Tupelo

Nyssa sylvatic 'JFS-red'

This narrow cultivar has a strong central leader and uniform branching. It has dark green foliage in summer and intense red fall color that begins earlier than other cultivars.

Power Line Approved: No

Min. street tree planting width: 6 feet

Mature Height: 35-40 feet

Mature Spread: 20 feet

Tree Shape: Upright oval

Where to Plant:
Great tree for a narrow space in your yard or in a planting strip with no overhead power lines.

Dark green leaves turn bright red in fall.

Preferred Site Conditions:
Full sun to light shade. Adaptable to a wide range of soils.

Potential Problems:
No serious pests.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 15 feet from house or building
  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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