BLAZING RED FALL COLOR ON THIS NEW TUPELO VARIETY
- Deep green, oval-shaped leaves turn a stunning shade of red in fall
- Firestarter® transitions to its fall color earlier than other varieties, giving you an extended period of intense color
- It has a narrow, pyramidal form, making it a wonderful shade tree, specimen planting or on either side of your driveway
- Low maintenance
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
- Mature Height: 30-35' tall
- Mature Width: 10-18' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 15-18' apart
Why plant Firestarter® Black Gum?
Don’t call the fire department! Your heart will skip a beat every time you catch a glimpse of your Firestarter® Tupelo Tree in fall, all lit up in blazing red foliage. Then you’ll remember that it’s supposed to look like it’s in flames. This tree’s five-alarm foliage rivals that of many Red Maples in fall, but Firestarter® has a narrower, more upright shape than most Maples, making it useful where a Red Maple would grow too wide.
The Tupelo Tree is undergoing a renaissance. Although it is native to much of the eastern U.S., only in recent years have many people begun to realize what a fantastic tree it is. What’s not to love? It’s easy to grow, tolerates wet or dry conditions, doesn’t have any major pest issues, and offers spectacular autumn color! Firestarter™ is a new Tupelo introduction that was selected at J. Frank Schmidt Nursery in Boring, Oregon, in 2005. The tree stood out from a large crop of seedlings with its upright habit, its particularly dark green summer foliage, and its vivid autumn color. It also turns color earlier in the fall than many other Tupelos.
How to use Firestarter® Black Gum in the landscape?
Choose a site for your Firestarter® Tupelo where it can live out a long, glorious life, because this legacy tree will enchant many generations to come. Tupelo is the longest-lived deciduous shade tree in the eastern U.S. In 2000, researchers found the oldest yet: a 679-year-old tree in New Hampshire! Plant it within your mixed borders or out in the lawn. This tough, adaptable beauty even makes a stellar street tree!
Hardiness Zone: 5-9
How To Plant Firestarter® Black Gum
Grow Firestarter® Tupelo in full sun to bring out the richest coloration in its fall foliage. This tree will also do well in part shade, though its autumn color will be more subdued there. Firestarter® is perfect for that low spot in your yard that stays soggy after a rain, and it tolerates some drought once established, too. A leaf spot disease sometimes afflicts Tupelos, but it is no cause for alarm.
How To Water
Water weekly, or better yet, use the Bower & Branch® Water Element to deliver just the right amount of moisture to your tree throughout the growing season.
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 fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
How To Prune
Pruning, though rarely necessary, should be accomplished in the fall.
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-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 you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation..
*Big trees and shrubs, Size XL and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 3 weeks to be delivered.
Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Gowers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations.
Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.
From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health.
Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order.
Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.
Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers - Online Customer Service
The Bower & Branch customer service team WILL surprise you with experience. The Plant Whisperer Team is available to all of our customers for all reasons: shipping updates, special requests, plant care, design, placement, selection and all your other gardening needs!
Our Service Team is directly connected to the best growers (ours!) across the country and have access to more plant experience and knowledge than any other retailer out there; online or in your neighborhood. Chat with a Plant Whisperer today!
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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.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
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).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 866-873-3888
- Or via Online Chat
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 BowerandBranch.com 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).