Graves, Arthur H. Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven, Connecticut.
Davis, Kenneth P. School of Forestry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.
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A tree belonging to the genus Nyssa of the sour gum family, Nyssaceae. The most common species of tupelo is N. sylvatica, variously called pepperidge, black gum, or sour gum; the authorized name is black tupelo. Tupelo grows in the easternmost third of the United States; southern Ontario, Canada; and Mexico. In moist soil, this tree is usually 60–80 ft (18–24 m) in height and 2–3 ft (0.6–0.9 m) in diameter, but some may reach heights of 110 ft (33.5 m), with diameters of 5 ft (1.5 m). See also: Cornales
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