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NYSSA sylvatica 'Wisley Bonfire'

Commonly known as Black gum, Pepperidge

Vigorous conical tree with outstanding red autumn colour. Bred at Wisley
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    Dark green leaves to 15cm (6in) long, downy beneath when young, with blunt points. Has reliable fiery orange-red autumn colour
  • Height
    20m (66ft)
  • Spread
    10m (33ft)
  • Tree
    Often drooping lower branches. Inconspicuous green flowers in early summer
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from cold, drying winds
  • Partial shade

NYSSA sylvatica 'Wisley Bonfire'

 
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Very effective near water
    Pests & Diseases
    None
    Place of origin
    Eastern USA. Garden origin
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Obovate
    (see photos above)
    Ovate
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Neutral to acid soil
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical
20m (66ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)
 

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