Tupelos are valued honey plants in southeastern and Gulf Coast states, producing a very light, mild-tasting honey. In northern Florida, beekeepers 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
The Common North American Gums
Leaves: alternate, simple, not toothed.
Bark: deeply furrowed.
Fruit: elliptical berry.