water tupelo Cornaceae Nyssa aquatica L. Listen to the Latin symbol: NYAQ2 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, pinnately veined, 4 to 8 inches long, oblong to obovate, entire margin but may have a few large teeth.
Flower: Small, greenish white, usually in hanging clusters, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit: A reddish purple drupe, 1 inch long and tear shaped, flesh surrounds a deeply grooved pit.
Twig: Stout, yellow-brown to red-brown, large heart-shaped leaf scar, buds small, pith diaphragmed, spur shoots common.
Bark: Brownish gray, scaly ridges or even blocky (somewhat variable).
Form: Large tree to 100 feet, several feet in diameter, clear trunk which is typically swolen at base, roots often grow out of soil.

Looks like: swamp tupelo - Ogeechee tupelo - blackgum
leaf fruit twig bark form map
Additional Range Information:
Nyssa aquatica is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting water tupelo.
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External Links:
USDAFS Silvics of North America
Landowner Factsheet
USDA Plants Database
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