Can you identify this tree?

Asked June 20, 2020, 2:04 PM EDT

Could you please identify what type of tree this is? Attached are pictures of the leaves, bark and the "pollen". The "pollen" pictured is old and dried out. The small beads are yellow when it's fresh. Thank you very much. Michael

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

What we can make out of the foliage resembles Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica), a native mid-sized tree with showy fall foliage color. Although sometimes referred to as Black Gum, they are not related to Sweetgum (Liquidambar) and do not produce the spiky seed pods. Black Tupelo can produce berries if the trees are female, but some trees produce only male flowers; in that case, they will not fruit.