Ogeechee Lime

Ogeechee lime

A little known tree fruiting now on the Armstrong State University campus is the Ogeechee lime.

Typically found growing in flooded sites in the coastal plain from South Carolina to Florida, this small tree was first discovered by William Bartram along the Ogeechee River in Georgia.

Botanically known as Nyssa ogeche, Ogeechee lime provides the source of nectar for bees in the production of tupelo honey.

The odd little fruits of this tree are produced in clusters and have been used as a substitute for limes and other sour citrus. The oblong edible drupes have also been used as an ingredient in drinks, marmalades and sauces.

An example of this species is growing on campus along Arts Drive near Abercorn Street.

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