Nyssa sylvatica. SOUR GUM, PEPPERIDGE, TUPELO. Eastern & Southeastern
NYSSACEAE (Tupelo family)
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
Name derivation, genus | species: After Nysa, a water nymph, the first described species, N. aquatica, grows in swamps | of woodss
: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree
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