Pic of the Day – Nyssa sylvatica ‘Sheri’s Cloud’

New foliage on Nyssa sylvatica 'Sher's Cloud' emerges with a hint of red before fully expanding.

New foliage on Nyssa sylvatica ‘Sheri’s Cloud’ emerges with a hint of red before fully expanding.

This variegated black tupelo was found in Arkansas by Jeff Flanagan who immediately saw the potential it held for landscapes.  New foliage emerges with a pinkish-red tinge before opening to reveal the broad creamy marginal variegation.  In the fall, the plant takes on bright pink and red tones for a show-stopper display.  We have found the plant to be reasonably sun tolerant at the JC Raulston Arboretum even in rather dry soils but this plant is very happy in wet sites and would be an excellent addition to a rain garden.  We expect it to achieve close to the typical size of Nyssa sylvatica – 35′-45′ – although probably slower than a non-variegated variety.

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6 thoughts on “Pic of the Day – Nyssa sylvatica ‘Sheri’s Cloud’

      1. Jeff Flanigan

        Hi Mark, It has been a few years since this pic was posted and I was wondering if anyone has reported any flowering. It is probably still too young but I’m very curious which gender this cultivar will favor. Thanks

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      2. Mark Weathington Post author

        Jeff – I haven’t heard what the gender is on the plant and ours has not flowered yet. I’m sure there are plants that are plenty old enough to flower but I don’t know if anyone has recorded the sex.

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