Common Name: Black Tupelo, Pepperidge, Black Gum, Sour Gum
Scientific Name: Nyssa sylvatica
Description: Black tupelo is a terrific shade tree and a standout in the fall. In spring, tiny, inconspicuous flowers appear in clusters . While not showy they are a rich source of nectar for bees and turn into small juicy fruits that are popular with birds and other wildlife. It does well in a range of soils preferring moist sites though it tolerates some drought and adapts to dryish soils.