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Black Tupelo

Black Tupelo Tree
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.

Common Name: Black Tupelo

Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica

Origin: Eastern North America

Family: Cornaceae

Size: 30' - 50' tall, 20' - 30' wide

Form: Oval

Culture: These trees grow in a wide range of climates, but thrive in moist sites such as streams and wetlands


2" - 5" long, oblong, alternate, smooth, waxy green


Small, greenish-white


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


Brown to gray, thick and rough