General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: usually 20 to 40 feet, to 90 feet
Plant Spread: 20 to 40 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Spring
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

Common names
  • Ogeechee Tupelo
  • Ogeechee Lime

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Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Feb 10, 2019 2:55 PM concerning plant:
    This woody plant is usually a large shrub or a round-headed, densely branched small tree, but can also be a medium to large tree, as there are two campion trees in the Apalachicola National Forest of northern Florida of one 81 x 48 feet and the other of 93 x 41 feet. The dark, lustrous leaves are about 4 to 6 inches long with an underside with a grayish hue and soft to touch. The short-stalked red drupes are 1 to 1.5 inches long. The seed inside has wing-like ribs. The female trees are noted for dropping lots of fruit. Although it grows wild in swamps and wetlands, it tolerates dry soils. The soils should be acid, but I don't know the upper pH limit. It is native to the coastal plain from southeast South Carolina down into northern Florida. It was first discovered by western science when William Bartram from Philadelphia found some growing along the Ogeechee River in southeast Georgia. A few nurseries in Georgia have been reported as growing some.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 3:26 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bes get nectar from this plant which produces a light amber honey with a greenish cast.

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