Nyssa sylvatica (blackgum, black tupelo)

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Key Characteristics

  • Leaves very lustrous, typically obovate, entire, bright scarlet in autumn, attached on short shoots
  • Strongly excurrent habit with horizontal, slender branches with diaphragmed pith
  • Bark thick, blocky, often like alligator hide on mature trees
  • Prefers lLowland sites, often flat topography and a high water table or mesic sites
  • Fruit a purple drupe on a long red pedicel
  • Dioecious, insect pollinated, shade tolerant
  • Reproduces clonally by root suckers

Sourced from page 327 in "Michigan Trees"


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