Water Tupelo - Nyssa aquatica
Growing in swampy and flooded environments at low elevation, this medium-sized tupelo is most common along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Texas, but absent from Florida. It has a straight trunk that is often swollen at the base. The crown is narrow or rounded, and the leaves are long, up to a foot. They have a blunt or pointed tip and a few large teeth. The flower is small and greenish-white, and the fruits are bluish-black and borne individually on drooping stalks. As the common name implies, Water Tupelo often grows in standing water, sometimes in pure stands.