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Habitat: Dry or mesic upland forests, less commonly in bottomlands, pine savannas, or upland depressions, where occasionally inundated briefly
Leaves vary in texture, size and shape, sometimes w one or more large teeth, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge (Lance).
Its bright red leaves are among the most brilliant in the fall forest, per Fall Color & Woodland Harvests (Bell & Lindsey, 1990).
Leaves pliable, typically widest near middle, the apex typically acuminate, per Weakley's Flora.
Habitat: Dry forests and woodlands, longleaf pine sandhills, prairies, disturbed places, floodplain and mesic forests, fencerows, roadsides, other disturbed areas
Leaves often have black blemishes on upper surface, per Trees of the Southeastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1988).
Leaves never have teeth, distinguishing them from Nyssa sylvatica, per Weakley's Flora.