Water Tupelo Live Stakes is low maintenance and will live a long life in a variety of environments, playing a vital role in wetland ecology.
The water tupelo tree, also known as Nyssa aquatica, cotton gum, tupelo-gum, water-gum or wild olive belong to the Nyssaceae family and grow in swamps and floodplains in the southeastern United States, specifically Missouri. This tree was named after the Greek water goddess named Nyssa. The water tupelo tree is characterized by its swollen base and long, straight trunk that is pyramidal in its younger years but grows into a more irregular shape as it grows older. The tree produces large shiny leaves that turn yellow in the fall and produce blooms between April and May. The tree produces a drupe fruit that turns purple.
A variety of wildlife enjoys the fruit that the tree produces.
The fruits ripen into the winter and fall to the ground or the water, dispersing the seeds inside unless consumed by a small critter. The tree also produces honey, which is enjoyed by both bees and humans alike. Tupelo honey is sold throughout the south. The water tupelo can grow up to 100 feet tall and its trunk up to 4 feet in diameter. However, its swollen base can grow up to 10-12 feet in diameter. The trunks can become hollow, which provides cozy living quarters to small wildlife. This tree grows best in full sun in wet soils and is recommended for Zones 7, 8, 9, 10. It's most common use is for pond landscaping as it can grow quickly in standing water or moist soil. The wood of the water tupelo is a pale yellow to light brown and can be used for furniture, crates, flooring, and wooden utensils and is favored by wood carvers.