Nyssa sylvatica (Tupelo)
Also known as: Black Gum, Pepperidge
Native: Eastern North America
Location: Cultivated as an ornamental in eastern states and Europe.
Grows in swamps and damp ground. Has a tapering trunk
Leaves are usually long and tapered at both ends. They colour brilliant orange and red in the autumn. In the United States it is one of the earliest trees to display autumn foliage.
Male and female flowers are produced in June on separate trees; both in round heads about 1.2cm across, but females have only a few flowers to the cluster.
Fruits are about 1.2cm long, and ripen to dark bluish-black in October.