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Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)

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

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Tupelo

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Native

This tentative map is based on the FHWA's ERA. This data lacks information on Canada, but also overestimates native ranges, especially around the edges, as this post explains. We have not yet reviewed or fixed this map.

Habitat

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.

Uses

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

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