Nyssa sinensis

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Nyssa sinensis
N. sinensis saplings, Kunming Botanical Garden, China
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Cornales
Family: Nyssaceae
Genus: Nyssa
N. sinensis
Binomial name
Nyssa sinensis

Nyssa sinensis (Chinese tupelo) is a species of flowering plant in the family Cornaceae (or Nyssaceae), native to China and Vietnam.[1] Growing to 10 m (33 ft) tall and wide, it is a broadly conical deciduous tree, with oval leaves 15–20 cm (6–8 in) long, which turn brilliant red, orange and yellow in autumn.[2][3]

Nyssa sinensis is known in cultivation as a more compact version of its relative Nyssa sylvatica (the black tupelo). Both plants, originating from swamps and wetlands, require moist conditions.[4]

The cultivar ‘Jim Russell’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit.[5][6]


  1. ^ Haining Qin & Chamlong Phengklai. "Nyssa sinensis". Flora of China. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "Great plant picks - Nyssa sinensis". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Horticulture Week - Nyssa". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  5. ^ "RHS Plantfinder - Nyssa sinensis 'Jim Russell'". Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 64. Retrieved 4 April 2018.

Further reading[edit]

  • Chen, Z. "Studies on the Chemical Constituents of Chinese Tupelo (Nyssa sinensis)." CHINESE TRADITIONAL AND HERBAL DRUGS 27 (1996): 325–327.