Nyssa sylvatica. SOUR GUM, PEPPERIDGE, TUPELO. Eastern & Southeastern United States
NYSSACEAE (Tupelo family)

A small
deciduous tree with good fall color and lanceolate leaves that are glossy green above and paler below. The small, dark blue plums, about ½ inch long, were eaten by Native Americans. Sour gums can be found on the south side of the Outer Quad near the men’s and women’s restrooms. It is used as a street tree at Gamble Garden Center, along Churchill Avenue and Waverley Street in Palo Alto.

Illustrations (links open new windows): gallery | detail of leaf venation

Additions/Revisions:

Name derivation, genus | species: After Nysa, a water nymph, the first described species, N. aquatica, grows in swamps | of woodss

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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