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Penwood Weeper Black Gum*

Nyssa sylvatica 'Penwood Weeper'

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Penwood Weeper Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica 'Penwood Weeper') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Penwood Weeper Black Gum foliage

Penwood Weeper Black Gum foliage

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Penwood Weeper Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica 'Penwood Weeper') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Penwood Weeper Black Gum

Penwood Weeper Black Gum

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Tupelo, Black Tupelo, Sour Gum, Pepperidge


A gracefully weeping selection with large, glossy green foliage that turns brilliant shades of yellow-orange in fall; likes moist, rich and acidic soils; not very tolerant of urban pollution; a stunning native specimen for a large landscape

Ornamental Features

Penwood Weeper Black Gum has forest green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The furrowed black bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Penwood Weeper Black Gum is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a rounded form and gracefully weeping branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Penwood Weeper Black Gum is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Penwood Weeper Black Gum will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 70 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is very fussy about its soil conditions and must have rich, acidic soils to ensure success, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Fall Color  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features