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TUPELO FAMILY
(NYSSACEAE)
 
Bird food:  Fruit eaten by blue jays, bluebirds, cardinals, purple finches, flickers, orioles, tanagers, red-eyed vireos, wood ducks, wood thrushes, woodpeckers Wildlife food:  Fruit eaten by bears, gray squirrels, opossums, and white-tailed deer. Bark and twigs eaten by beavers. Nectar used by bees for honey.
 
Wildlife shelter:  Cavities in old trees used by birds and mammals.
 
 
name
 
area
flower
& fruit
 
season
 
other

Water tupelo
  Nyssa aquatica
NCSwhite
blue-purple
Sp
F
t
Blackgum
  Nyssa biflora
NCSwhite
green-dark blue
Sp
F
t
Ogeechee tupelo
  Nyssa ogeche
NCSwhite
reddish
Sp
F
t
Sour gum
  Nyssa sylvatica
NCSwhite
blue-black
Sp
F
t
Codes: N=north
C=central
S=south
Sp=spring
Su=summer
F=fall
W=winter
a=annual
b=biennial
p=perennial
s=shrub
t=tree
v=vine
i=invasive
 
ta=toxic to animals
th=toxic to humans

 
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