Script for my Nature Challenge Video — (I continue to struggle to be able to post it on the blog. I haven’t given up yet!)
There are many beautiful trees on the property surrounding our home, but one of my favorites is a Black Tupelo Tree.
When I think of Tupelos, also known as Black Gum or Sour Gum trees, I think of the south and Tupelo honey. This tree, however, is right here in the southwestern part of Maine.
As far as I can tell, only two of these trees grow on our almost 30 acres.
According to a document prepared by the State of Maine, they are a rather uncommon species here. Moreover, they are usually found in wetland areas in this part of the country.
Interestingly, two other local tupelos are found on an island in the second largest lake in the state. That’s Sebago Lake, which is adjacent to where I live!
Sebago Lake was carved by a glacier. As a result, some of the local soils have interesting properties. Perhaps our soil qualifies as hydric soil wetland which would not look like what I typically think of as a wetland.
So, I checked the US Soil Survey for the area right where my two trees grow. Surprisingly, that’s not the answer either. As you can see, the soil is well-drained and the water table is deep. No hidden wetland here.
The mystery continues. Perhaps this is just a case of a couple of adventuresome seeds trying their luck at the edge of their familiar territory.