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Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum
Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum
Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum
Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum
Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum
Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum



  • Lush shining green leaves change yellow-orange in fall
  • Corkscrew branching adds a unique and dynamic effect to your landscape and garden borders
  • Twisted branches also create impeccable winter interest
  • Smooth gray bark glistens in the sun
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Mature Height: 20-30' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Nyssa sylvatica 'Zydeco Twist'

Regular price $775.00
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Why plant Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum?

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!).

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.

How to use Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum in the landscape?

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!

Why Bower & Branch?

At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.

- Trusted, Experienced Growers

- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise

- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

How To Plant Zydeco Twist Black Gum/ Sour Gum

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.

How To Water

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

How To Prune

Prune in late winter when needed.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-9

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.

We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

Our Guarantees


Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).


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- Phone: 866-873-3888

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Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.

If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.

Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.

At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).

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