Here is a cultivar of a tree that has taken on the attribute of a Red-tip photinia (Photinia x fraseri) which is spectacular red leaves in spring that fade to a shiny dark green in summer. Only thing is, the splashy, spring display of the photinia is a one-time show, whereas this plant puts on a second show in autumn and that one is even more dramatic than the one in spring. This fantastic new cultivar is Wildfire Blackgum, or Nyssa sylvatica 'Wildfire'.

Blackgums, often known as Black tupelos, are some of the most beautiful native trees of North America and Wildfire has almost perfected the blackgum. It has excellent pyramidal form that displays brilliant, neon red fall color. It is one of the most stunning autumn foliage choices and the perfect companion for yellow and gold maples. And it’s also recommended for wildlife-friendly gardens owing to the small black fruits.
 Wildfire blackgum grows in sun or part shade and does best in moist, acidic soils. It eventually reaches 60 feet tall and about 25 feet wide. Black gums grow from southern Canada to the southern US and do well in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.


Wildfire blackgum

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