91. Chinese Tupelo

This medium size tree is a Chinese relative of our native Black Gum (Nyssa sylvatica). It is surprising how similar are the floras of China and eastern North America. This tree is rare in the U.S. Dr. Michael Dirr writes that it “is a virtual recluse and, to my knowledge, is hidden in a select few gardens in the United States”. It’s best ornamental feature is probably fall foliage color.