|One of the most characteristic of the southern swamp trees, found on sites which are sometimes under water. Some of the differences from Nyssa sylvatica include larger leaves to 7 inches long, and larger fruit. The wood is commercially important as is that of Nyssa sylvatica. The trunk bulges quite noticeably at the base but tapers rapidly, to a long clear trunk with the crown being rather narrow and open. Native from Virginia to southern Illinois, Florida and Texas. It was introduced before 1735.