Nyssa aquatica

water tupelo


wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 80-100 ft
Fruit Color: fruit color      purple
Phenology: deciduous
Noted for: Fall color


Recommended Uses: Wet garden. Rain garden. Shade tree for wet areas and along wetland edges. Leaves turn yellow in fall. Slow growing.
Propagation: Seed. Sometimes grafted.
Availability: Native nurseries, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, clay, loam
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant  
Pollinated by bees.
Native Habitats: Floodplain forests (1st bottom), swamps, usually in water.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Tupelo honey is famous for its unusual sweetness.