swamp tupelo Cornaceae Nyssa biflora
Leaf:Alternate, simple, elliptical or narrowly obovate, entire margins, 3 to 6 inches long, 1 to 2 inches wide.
Flower:Pale green, small, males occur in large clusters, females in smaller groups, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit:Dark purplish-blue drupe, 1/2 to 5/8 inch long, prominent longitudinal, ridges on pit, slightly larger than Nyssa sylvatica.
Twig:Slender, red-brown to gray in color, with a diaphragmed pith, buds are initially green and light brown later turning to dark brown to reddish brown, spur shoots common.
Bark:Grayish brown with longitudinal exfoliating ridges as it gets older.
Form:Trunk is usually swollen at its base, clear trunk with a narrow crown, medium size tree.