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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Cornales
Family: Cornaceae
   Nyssa aquatica -- water tupelo
   Nyssa biflora -- swamp tupelo
   Nyssa ogeche -- Ogeechee tupelo
   Nyssa sylvatica -- blackgum
   Nyssa ursina -- bear tupelo

Nyssa is a small genus of trees with alternate, simple leaves. Most are highly tolerant of wet soils and flooding, some needing to grow in such environments.

Tupelo is a major honey plant in southeastern and gulf coast USA, producing a very light, mild tasting honey. In northern Florida beekeeepers keep beehives along the river swamps on platforms or floats during tupelo bloom to produce certified tupelo honey, which commands a high price on the market because of its flavor and the fact that it will not crystallize.