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Nyssa biflora (Swamp tupelo)
Cressler, Alan

Nyssa biflora

Nyssa biflora Walter

Swamp Tupelo, Swamp Blackgum

Cornaceae (Dogwood Family)

Synonym(s): Nyssa sylvatica var. biflora


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Nyssa biflora has oblong leaves that are narrower than those of N. sylvatica. It occurs in swamps on the coastal plain from Delaware to eastern Texas.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Tree
Fruit Type: Drupe
Size Notes: Up to about 100 feet tall, often much shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun


USA: AL , AR , DE , FL , GA , IL , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , SC , TN , TX , VA

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE


Bibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.

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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Nyssa biflora in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Nyssa biflora in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Nyssa biflora


Record Modified: 2023-03-22
Research By: SET

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