This is a member of a small family, the Nyssaceae. It is fairly closely related to Davidia involucra, the handkerchief tree, which is also in Nyssaceae. The tupelo is a native of wetlands from Ontario to Mexico. It forms a medium to large tree up to 22m
The tupelo is rare in the British Isles. It needs warm summers and is seldom seen north of the English Midlands. It is usually grown for its spectacular Autumn foliage colours of scarlet, orange and yellow. Introduced into the British Isles in 1750, it received an RHS Award of Merit in 1951 and an Award of Garden Merit in 1969. The flowers are tiny and greenish (see photo).
|Young Nyssa sylvatica in Belfast Botanic Gardens||Nyssa sylvatica, autumn colours in 2019|
|Flowers of Nyssa sylvatica||Leaves of Nyssa sylvatica|
Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2015. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.
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