Black Tupelo

Common Name: Black Tupelo

Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica

Family: Nyssaceae

Type: Deciduous

Habitat: Woodlands, Along Streams and Rivers, Near Ponds

Native: Yes

Height: Up to 70 feet

Light: Full to partial sun

Soil: Moist, Acidic

Description: Black Tupelo is a native deciduous tree that grows naturally in rich forests, along streams or rivers, or near ponds. Black Tupelo prefers to grow in moist, acidic soil in full sun and can grow up to 70 feet tall. Black Tupelo can be identified by its glossy, elliptical, dark green leaves with light green undersides and its deeply furrowed bark. These photos of a Black Tupelo were taken next to the Woodland Garden at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.