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Nyssa ogeche

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
NY-suh o-GEE-chee
Description

Nyssa ogeche is a native tree which reaches 50 feet in height and is pyramidal when young, maturing to a spreading, flat-topped crown. The multiple, irregular branches emerge from a trunk covered with dark brown or grey, ridged bark, and the base of the tree often develops swollen buttress-type roots as it gets older. 

In autumn the trees put on a brilliant display of colorful foliage ranging from vivid yellow to deep purple. Fruits from the tree can be messy. The honey made from the nectar is known as "tupelo honey."

It is found in nature in swamp & bay forests; lake margins and alluvial woods. A long taproot makes it difficult to transplant. 

 

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#bees#sun#deciduous#fall color#tree#wetlands#coastal#edible fruits#bird friendly
 
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#bees#sun#deciduous#fall color#tree#wetlands#coastal#edible fruits#bird friendly
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nyssa
    Species:
    ogeche
    Family:
    Nyssaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Woody
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Alabama, S. Georgia, S. South Carolina, N. Florida
    Distribution:
    FL , GA , SC
    Wildlife Value:
    Special Value to Honey Bees. Birds eat the fruits
    Edibility:
    Fruit can be cooked. It is used in preserves, a lime substitute. Large with an agreeably acid flavour, they make good preserves and a refreshing lemonade-like drink.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 30 ft. 0 in. - 50 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 20 ft. 0 in. - 30 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Tree
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Multi-stemmed
    Oval
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Frequent Standing Water
    Available Space To Plant:
    24-60 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    showy red fruits on female trees are produced in abundance and ripen in autumn
  • Flowers:
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Insignificant
    Flower Description:
    dense, hanging clusters of small, white blooms
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    4-6 in. alternate, simple leaves; silvery underside
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Brownish grey, scaly ridges or even blocky (somewhat variable).
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Pond
    Landscape Theme:
    Water Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Songbirds