Black Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica
One of three American maple trees.
Seeds of northern species are grown this season.
The black tupelo, called "one of the best and most reliable native trees for fall color" by wood expert Michael Dirr, is a great landscape choice. Displays various colors of yellow, orange, bright red and purple (often at the same spot). The foliage is noticeable in the autumn season. Even the unique bark that resembles crocodile leather adds visual and organizational attention.
Flowers do not seem to be noteworthy, but bees are very appreciative of the presence of this tree because they act as an important food source for this late spring