Zydeco Twist Black Gum Tree
Zydeco Twist Black Gum Leaf
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Zydeco Twist Black Gum Tree
Zydeco Twist Black Gum Leaf
Zydeco Twist Black Gum Additional Product Shot 1081
Zydeco Twist Black Gum Additional Product Shot 1082

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Zydeco Twist Black Gum
Nyssa sylvatica 'Zydeco Twist'
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Zydeco Twist Black Gum is a fun, quirky tree that marches to its own tune—a Creole tune in this case! This selection of our beautiful native Black Gum tree, or “Tupelo,” is one-of-a-kind. It has a central leader and a pyramidal form like other Tupelos, but the branches are all kinked and twisted. It’s like a living piece of garden art that will only get bigger and more striking with each passing year. Plant it near your patio or deck where it can be viewed at close range, and it will surely be a conversation starter at your next barbeque (or Mardi Gras party!).

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
Shipping Autumn of 2019

The Story

This one-of-a-kind tree changed hands a few times in its youth, and nobody is exactly sure where it came from, other than it was grown from Louisiana seed.  Eventually, it made its way into the hands of celebrated Tennessee nurseryman Don Shadow.  Shadow wanted to release the tree to the public, but what to name it?  The tree’s discoverer couldn’t be found.  Todd Lasseigne, Louisiana native and currently President/CEO of the Tulsa Botanic Garden, stepped in.  Referencing Creole music, he suggested ‘Zydeco Twist’—a tribute to both the tree’s and his own Louisiana roots.

The Details

An ornamental Black Gum tree with twisty, kinky branches grown from Louisiana seed - that about explains the name right there. The kinky branches are what gives this Black Gum its eye appeal. Such a unique habit that you can admire throughout every season. Plant it as a unique specimen in your landscape or even along the street - this is truly an extraordinary variety!

How to Grow

Zydeco Twist Black Gum is fairly easy to grow in most sunny yards.  It does prefer an acid soil, so if rhododendrons and azaleas grow well in your area, this tree will feel right at home.  It is not a fast growing tree, but if irrigated once a week and fertilized once a year, it will put out a fresh batch of kinky branches each spring.  Don’t be alarmed by black spots on the leaves.  This happens to most Black Gums and is only a cosmetic blemish.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 10-15'
Growth Rate Medium-Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark Yes
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant No
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers No
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Questions & Answers

Q: Does this tree get fruit?

A: No, this is a male selection and therefore will not have any fruit. 

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

8-9' tall. Twisted branching grown in our #15 tree container with strong stem caliper near 1 1/2". Fully developed branching and proper structure.

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Zydeco Twist Black Gum Tree
Zydeco Twist Black Gum Leaf
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