Black Tupelo

Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica

Black Tupelo Tree

Attributes

Deciduous
Great Fall Color

Plant Family

Cornaceae

Origin

Eastern North America

Form

Oval

Plant Size

30-50 feet tall, 20-30 feet wide

Description

The beautiful three-stemmed tupelo south of Glade Arch is featured in many books highlighting New York trees. There's also a notable black tupelo in Tupelo Meadow in the Ramble. Many black tupelo trees have been planted in the last few years as the Conservancy restores the Park's water bodies, wetlands, and woodlands. These trees are popular for the intensity of their crimson color each fall. Birds and animals love the black tupelo's fruit.

Black Tupelo Leaf

Leaves

2-5 inches long, oblong, alternate, smooth, waxy green
Black Tupelo Fruit

Fruit

Small, bluish-black drupes, ripen in the fall and eaten by wildlife
Black Tupelo Flower

Flower

Small, greenish-white
Black Tupelo Bark

Bark

Brown to gray, thick and rough