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Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica Marshall)

Also known as black gum, blackgum, sour gum, black tupelo.

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Native or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.


Prefers moist conditions, and tolerates brief, but not prolonged flooding, but also found on dry upland sites and slopes, where it grows more slowly and usually is smaller. Prefers loamy soil, including soils with some clay or silt.


Tupelo blossoms produce a desirable honey, typically sold for a higher price than generic honeys.

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