Through generous donations and our loyal members, the Conservancy has purchased five Black Tupelo trees that will be planted along the tennis courts. These trees replace damaged trees that needed to be removed several years ago. Black Tupelo trees grow to 80 feet tall, have beautiful foliage that turns purple in autumn, eventually becoming an intense, bright scarlet. The flowers are very small, in greenish-white clusters at the top of a long stalk and a are a rich source of nectar for bees. The fruit is black-blue, stone-like and is very popular with small bird species. The fruit is a valuable energy food for birds, especially the American Robin. The trees will be planted April 2016 by the NJ Tree Foundation and Grover Cleveland Park Conservancy volunteers.