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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tupelo in southeast Michigan

I'm speculatating that tupelo (also known as blackgum or Nyssa sylvatica) might have once formed a significant component of the original woodlands in ye olde lake bed between Ypsi and Detroit, back before it was converted to farmland. The tree develops into a decent size in some woodlands in the Milan area. But in the more hilly glacial topography in Ann Arbor and to the west, it is very scattered in distribution. And it rarely makes a nice landscape tree although I wouldn't fault anyone for trying and I think the one by my garage is quite nice, thank you very much.

Here's some big tupelos that I found growing at Woodmere Cemetery s.w. of downtown Detroit. Now that's what I'm talking about! It forms a very distinct bark pattern which I came to know from working in some woodlands near Philadelphia a lifetime ago. More pictures if you click on the link under the picture to the left.

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