Nyssa ogeeche - Ogeeche Tupelo
Family - Nyssaceae
Size - 30 to 50 feet in height with a comparable spread. Can be a faster grower than other Nyssa species growing at 2 to 2 1/2 feet per year. Rounded outline in appearance.
Foliage - Alternate, simple, elliptic to obovate in shape, 3" to 6" in length, 1" to 3" wide. Lustrous, light green above, silvery beneath. Fall color is yellows with possibly some orange but color is not as good as the other species of Nyssa.
Flower/Fruit/Seed - Fruits are 1/2" to 3/4" diameter, reddish in color and edible, they have been used as a citrus substitute. Another common name for the tree is Ogeeche Lime.
Bark - Light gray, at least so on young trees.
Pests and Diseases - None noticed.
Landscape Use - Attractive shade tree for the home landscape, could possibly be used in planters with adequate moisture provided. Is somewhat open and rounded in habit which does allow light to filter through. Fruit shouldn't be a problem as wildlife will probably snatch it up pretty quickly.
Performance - 10 Native to South Carolina, Florida and Georgia. Grows in well drained loams or even wet, swampy soils. Prefers moist sites and this is where it makes it's best growth. Seven gallon, 5 foot trees with approximately 1" caliper acquired in March of 96, were planted in 1997 from 20 to 25 gallon containers. By Fall of 96, they were 8 to 10 foot trees, 2" to 2 1/2" caliper and had a root system that will put any weed to shame. I wouldn't expect this rate of growth from trees in the ground, however it shows the potential growth rate possible. Our trees were planted in to very wet soil conditions and have thrived. Would probably not be hardy north of zone 7.