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Water Tupelo Live Stakes

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Water Tupelo – Nyssa Aquatica Live Stakes



Water Tupelo is a perennial tree native to the southwest quadrant of the United States. The name originates from the Creek tribe who called it ito opilwa, meaning tree from the swamp. In the Greek, Nyssa means water nymph. Accurately named, this marshland dweller is related to the dogwood family. There are nine varieties of the Water Tupelo, but only one that produces edible fruit. The Ogeechee Lime was originally discovered along the Ogeechee River in Georgia. Its pyramidal shape can soar to 40 feet, where it flattens out at the top. The fruit and honey produced can make a bit of a slippery walk through paths and parking lots. The other varieties can grow from 60 to 100 feet with an enlarged base that can expand to four feet in diameter. This graceful giant is usually found alongside cypress trees in the floodplains of the south and along the Mississippi River. Though it grows best in areas where flooding occurs, it will not germinate until the waters recede. Its ability to survive flooding is due to the shallow placement of the roots. They are close to the surface where they can still acquire oxygen. Water Tupelos have thin bark which make them vulnerable to damage and fire. The thin bark is either dark brown or dark gray. The buds are small and round. Bees love the nectar from the buds and produce a buttery light honey that is unique. Growing a Water Tupelo can be done if planted in acidic soil. Alkaline soil prevents life after its young stage. This beautiful shade tree prefers shallow moving water but can withstand bouts of drought. The lush green leaves turn to red, yellow, orange, and purple in the fall. Horizontally spaced branches require full or partial sun. The berries serve as a food source for birds such as wild turkeys and wood ducks. Raccoons and squirrels also desire the fruit, while deer enjoy the tree’s twigs.