Nyssa aquatica

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Water Tupelo


Plant Specifics

Size:80-100 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Purple
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: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding)
Moisture Tolerance: Stays Wet ----- to ----- Somewhat moist, no flooding
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Pond, lake, or stream bottom, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Fruits eaten by birds and smal mammals.



Visited by bees and valued by commercial bee keepers as a source of exceptionally sweet honey.  Also said to be wind pollinated.

Native Habitats:Floodplain forests , swamps, usually in water.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Tupelo honey is famous for its unusual sweetness.