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Black Tupelo
Nyssa sylvatica
Distinguishing Features: Leathery leaves, dark blue fruit on female trees, branches at 90 degree angle to trunk
  • Type: Deciduous
  • Form at maturity: 30 to 50 feet tall, 20 to 30 feet wide, pyramidal in youth maturing to a flat-topped crown
  • Leaf: Alternately arrangement, simple, ovate leaves, 3 to 6 inches long, 1.5 to 3 inches wide serrated leaf margins, dark green leaf color, paler below, florescent yellow to orange to red or purple colors in autumn
  • Flower: Small, greenish-white flowers on long stalks (female flowers in sparse clusters and male flowers in dense heads)
  • Bark: Dark gray brown bark color, bark has irregular ridges, block-like
  • Fruit or Seed: Oval, 1/2 inch long, bluish-black drupes
  • Other:
Black Tupelo
Nyssa sylvatica form