Ogeechee tupelo Cornaceae Nyssa
ogeche W. Bartram ex Marshall
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, pinnately veined, 4 to 6 inches long, oblong to obovate, usually entire margin or may be sparsely toothed, generally rounded tip, pale and somewhat pubescent below.
Flower: Small, greenish white, males in hanging clusters, females solitary on long stalks, appearing with the leaves.
Fruit: A reddish drupe, 1 to 1 1/2 inches long and tear-shaped, edible sour flesh surrounds a deeply grooved pit; the largest of the Nyssa fruits, may be showy when produced in abundance.
Twig: Stout, yellow-brown to red-brown, somewhat pubescent, narrowly heart-shaped leaf scar, terminal bud red-brown 1/4 inch, pith diaphragmed.
Bark: Brownish gray, scaly ridges or even blocky (somewhat variable).
Form: Generally shrubby, may form a small tree to 65 feet.
Looks like: water tupelo - swamp tupelo - blackgum