An impressive, slow-growing tree whose small greenish flowers from May-June are extremely popular with pollinators. Female trees produce dark blue fruits when cross-pollinated with a male tree, providing food for a wide variety of birds and wildlife. Wonderful fall color ranging from purple, orange, yellow, and scarlet makes this tree a 'wow' plant, tolerant of clay, occasional flooding, fire, and moderately salt tolerant. Also an exceptional tree for honey bees (although technically speaking, so-called 'Tupelo Honey' is produced from another tree in the same genus), and can be planted in rain gardens or used for erosion control.
50-90 foot tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9b
Native Range: ME south to FL, west to TX, western edge of range extends to OK, KS, MO, IL, WI. Also native in Canada in extreme southern ON. Rare in VT, WI, and ON
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