Nyssa sylvatica
Black tupelo, Blackgum

Family: Dogwood (Nyssaceae)

Lifespan: Perennial

Height: 15-30 m

Flower Color: Greenish white

Flower Size: N/A

Bloom Season: April-June

Fruit: 10-12 mm long, berrylike, elliptical, blue-black, with thin bitter or sour pulp

Conditions: Creek bottoms, relatively dry upper and middle slopes of the Appalachian Mountains, on the banks of swamps, ponds, and estuaries of the Coastal Plain, and in low coves and seepages which remain wet year-round

Sunlight: Partial shade to full sun

Moisture: Moist

Black tupelo will tolerate brief spring flooding on alluvial sites and is common on the relatively dry upper and middle slopes in the Appalachian Mountains.

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