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Black Tupelo
Nyssa sylvatica

This medium-sized deciduous tree, also called Swamp Blackgum or Swamp Tupelo, is native to eastern North America. Its leaves change color early in the fall and it has been suggested that this signal might alert migrating birds to the presence of ripe fruits on the tree, a process known as foliar fruit flagging.

Habitat:Swamps, floodplain forests, uplands, near ponds and estuaries.
Growth Habit:Deciduous tree, growing 10-30 m tall.
Bloom Time:Late spring.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:AL AR CT DC DE FL GA IL IN KS KY LA MA MD ME MI MO MS NC NH NJ NY OH OK PA RI SC TN TX VA VT WI WV
Presence in Canada:ON
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