The Water tupelo (Nyssa aquatica) belongs to the Nyssaceae family. It is a tall deciduous tree that is native to the southeastern United States. This tree grows in swamps and floodplains, and up to 24-30 m in height. The trunks are swollen at the base and upward tapering. The leaves are large, glossy, oblong to obovate, dark green and with usually smooth edges. They turn yellow in fall. The greenish-white flowers (male in clusters and female solitary) bloom in spring. The fruit is dark purple drupe and matures in fall.