Green Gable™ Black Gum
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Green Gable™ Tupelo is a dapper new selection of our beloved native Tupelo Tree with upswept branches that give this handsome shademaker a perky, pyramidal habit. Use it to line your driveway in high style, show it off as a street tree for the whole neighborhood to enjoy, or plant a single specimen outside your window where you’ll get to see it every day. You’ll especially want a window seat in fall, when its glossy, deep green foliage turns a radiant red. Faster growing than other Tupelo Trees, Green Gable™ will get right to work at creating a sensation in your garden!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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A close relative of the Tupelo Tree of the Deep South, which gives bees the raw material for making the famous “Tupelo Honey,” this species of Tupelo lights up forests and landscapes in a much greater area of the eastern U.S. each fall. It is long-lived and can put on its annual autumnal fireworks for hundreds of years. Green Gable™ Tupelo was selected from a batch of seedlings in 2002 by Tennessee nurseryman, Alex Neubauer. It was named for its tightly pyramidal habit (a “gable” is a peak on the side of a building). In autumn, its leaves turn as red as the hair of the heroine in the Anne of Green Gables story as well.
Tupelo has many aliases, including “Black Gum,” “Sour Gum,” and “Pepperidge.” If that last one sounds familiar, it’s probably because that’s the tree you see on packages of “Pepperidge”Farm® cookies! (Apparently “Sour Gum” brand cookies doesn’t have the same marketing appeal.) Tupelo’s official Latin name, Nyssa sylvatica, means “Water Nymph of the Forest” and refers to this tree’s fondness for growing in moist to wet soil in the wild. However, it grows just fine in ordinary soil, too.
How to Grow
The Green Gable™ Tupelo is an easygoing, adaptable tree, and it is bound to be planted more when people learn of its many virtues. It’s a great tree for that troublesome low spot in your yard that always stays wet, but it’s equally suitable to average garden conditions, and once established it will only need supplemental irrigation during prolonged periods of drought. It’s also tolerant of salt spray and can be used in coastal plantings, although it does appreciate a bit of shelter from very strong winds. Green Gable™ is resistant to the largely harmless but rather unsightly leaf spot disease that can afflict some Tupelo Trees as well.
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