P1020664-001Ogeechee Tupelo, White Tupelo

Nyssa ogeche Bartram ex Marsh
Tree, Perennial
Native: L48
Blooming: April, white, green

Location:  N30 00.172’W084 32.870′ (.5RR), N30 00.094’W084 33.345′(1.2RL), N30 00.279’W084 33.586′(1.8RL)

The photo at the top is  a female tree, the photo below from a male tree,  the flower most visited by bees and its nectar the source of tupelo honey.  The female flower produces an oblong-shaped red fruit (drupe) about 1-1.5 inches long and is long, pistillate shaped and greenish yellow in color.  The following birds eat the fruit:  blue jays, cardinals, purple finches, flickers, orioles, tanagers, red-eyed vireos, wood ducks, wood thrushes and woodpeckers.  The fruit is also eaten by bears, gray squirrels opossums and white tailed deer.  The nectar is used by bees for for honey.
Ogeechee tupelo honey, which does not granulate, requires that bee colonies be provided clean combs before the hives are situated where white tupelo is blooming. At the end of the blooming season, the hives are removed to prevent adulteration from pollen from other trees or shrubs.  The Apalachicola River basin is known for its tupelo honey.

For paddlers, the tupelo trees, arching across the river, provide shaded canopies and arches under which to paddle.