Nyssa sylvatica, tupelo

This tree is great for bee food as it produces ample pollen when mature. In SE USA the tupelo honey is famous, as in the Van Morrison song!

Its other benefits are:

  • excellent autumn colour
  • dense foliage for wind breaking and screening
  • leaves are dark, matt green and lush
  • shade
  • interesting drooping branches, of slender, sinuous form
  • tolerates damp sites but well-drained
  • coppices well
  • fruit are blue-black berries

Tree shape

Upright, boadly conical

Mature size

Large 12-20m

Growth rate



Feature ornamental, colour, shade, versatility

Soil type

Moist, deep and well drained


Moist soils


Oval, dark green


E. North America