The trees in the backyard are showing a wide variety of colors. And our tupelo (blackgum) tree (Nyssa sylvatica) is once again a brilliant red and especially striking.
In addition to beautiful fall foliage, it has spring flowers that provide nectar for bees and other pollinators; glossy green leaves in summer; small bluish fruits that are enjoyed by our birds and squirrels; and attractive deep-furrowed bark. All in all I consider it a great 4-season tree.
When we removed the large pin oak in our front yard last fall due to leaf scorch, we replaced it with another tupelo. Even though it’s small, its leaves are already adding color to the front yard.The large tupelo in our backyard is seldom seen by others. I look forward to watching the new tree grow and since it’s near the street, perhaps it will encourage others to plant a tupelo.