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photo of two quail in snowy woods

After the Blizzard of 2011, Can You STILL Find the Quail in this Picture?

Even after last week’s snowstorm, the quail are still alive and still under the shrub thickets shown in the photo from last week’s post.

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Illustration of alternate-leaved dogwood leaves, flowers, fruits.

Alternate-Leaved Dogwood (Pagoda Dogwood)

Cornus alternifolia
Dogwoods usually have leaves arranged opposite one another on the stem, except for the alternate-leaved dogwood! This shrub or small tree is a popular ornamental, especially in the northern parts of Missouri, where it can be too cold to grow flowering dogwood.

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Illustration of alternate-leaved dogwood leaves, flowers, fruits.

Alternate-Leaved Dogwood (Pagoda Dogwood)

Alternate-leaved dogwood, Cornus alternifolia.

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Illustration of American hazelnut leaves, flowers, fruits.

American Hazelnut

Corylus americana
American hazelnut, also called hazel or American filbert, grows in dense thickets on a wide variety of soils and sites. The nuts are prized by humans and by squirrels!

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Illustration of American hazelnut leaves, flowers, fruits.

American Hazelnut

American hazelnut, Corylus americana.

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Illustration of American holly leaves, flowers, fruit.

American Holly

American holly, Ilex opaca.

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Illustration of American holly leaves, flowers, fruit.

American Holly

Ilex opaca
American holly is Missouri's most durable broad-leafed evergreen tree. It is best known for its bright red berries and spiny green leaves at Christmas.

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Illustration of American hornbeam leaves and fruits.

American Hornbeam (Musclewood)

Carpinus caroliniana
American hornbeam is also called musclewood because of the sinewy appearance of its smooth gray bark. The name hornbeam refers to the genuine strength of its wood — it is one of the hardest and strongest woods in North America.

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Illustration of American hornbeam leaves and fruits.

American Hornbeam (Musclewood)

American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana.

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Illustration of arrowwood viburnum leaves, flowers, fruit.

Arrowwood Viburnum (Southern Arrow Wood)

Viburnum dentatum
Arrowwood viburnum is a lovely but critically imperiled Missouri shrub, but the white flower clusters and dark blue berries make it a great choice for landscaping.

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