Nyssa ogeche

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Ogeechee Tupelo, Ogeechee-lime


Plant Specifics

Size:30-40 ft
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:NA
Fruit Color:Red,purple
Phenology:Deciduous. Blooms in early spring. Fruits ripen by fall.
Noted for:Fall color, Showy fruits


Recommended Uses:Shade tree. Screen along wetland edges. Street tree for use in parking lots and median strips. Many acres have been planted to attract bees for honey production.
Considerations:Fallen fruits can be mildly messy.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade,  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, Organic material (muck), Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



Seeds eaten by birds.


Pollinated by bees.  

Native Habitats:Stream banks, swamps, pond and lake margins.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Said to be a good honey tree.  The juice of the fruits is said to make a substitute for limes. (both Haihle and Brookwell 1999).