| Water Tupelo, Cotton Gum, Sour Gum, Tupelo, Swamp Tupelo, Tupelo Gum, Water Gum|
Water tupelo is found on rich, swampy flats with silty clay to clay bottom soils in southeast Texas. It is a true swamp plant, found on sites that are periodically under water. It has larger leaves than black gum, 5 to 10 inches long and long-pointed, and also larger fruit. The trunk flares at the base and its shallow root system is wide- spreading, stabilizing the tree in its aquatic habitat.
Plant Habit or Use: large tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: greenish-yellow, not ornamental
Blooming Period: spring
Fruit Characteristics: hard oval ribbed nutlet in drupe
Height: to 100 ft.
Width: to 50 ft.
Plant Character: deciduous
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements: high water or bog
Soil Requirements: acid neutral