Friday, November 05, 2010

Did you know there's a Tupalo at the UW-Madison Arboretum and it's deep red and gorgeous?

Tupelo TreeThey were talking on the radio about the Tupelo tree next to the Visitor Center at the UW-Madison Arboretum, so we decided to run over and catch some of the color before it disappears. A sign notes this is a tupelo or black gum (Nyssa sylvatica). It was planted in 1956 and is at the northwestern edge of its range here in southern Wisconsin. It has a chilly autumnal beauty this time of year, but of course this is what I think of when I hear the word Tupelo.



I also think of Van Morrison and this tree. The new visitor center at the Arb was sited very carefully to save this tree. One of the most spectacular sights in Madison when it turns all shiny and red.

Anonymous said...

This apple-red Tupelo is one of the
top fall sights at the Arboretum, IMHO. Thank you for sharing the wealth! The tawny fall prairie grasses blowing in the wind are also lovely.