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Bush Honeysuckles

Image of a bush honeysuckles
Lonicera maackii (Amur) and Lonicera x bella (Bella)
If you’ve got a giant green thicket in your woods, you may have a bush honeysuckle infestation. These invasive plants are shrubby natives of Asia. Here in America, where they have no natural controls, they leaf out early, grow fast, spread fast and form dense thickets that crowd out Missouri’s native forest plants. More

Calendar Elm

A chainsaw and a tape measure are resting on the stump of a large elm tree
This elm tree's growth rings provided insight into how the sight where it grew had changed. More

Calendar Elm

A chainsaw and a tape measure are resting on the stump of a large elm tree
Yard work, astrophysics and archaeology meet in my back yard. More

Callery Pear (Bradford Pear)

Callery Pear
Pyrus calleryana
Sometimes a specific variety of a tree becomes so popular that the whole species becomes known by that name. This is the case with the widely planted 'Bradford' callery pear. Although callery pear has been hugely popular in landscaping, it can escape and hybridize with relatives. Alarmingly, it has become an invasive plant. Learn more about this problem, so you can choose your landscaping trees wisely! More

Canadian Hemlock

Tsuga canadensis
Also called eastern hemlock, this tree is encountered only in landscaping in our state. But based on one instance in Oregon County, we know it can reproduce and spread here on its own. So if you find it on a hike, it was almost certainly planted there at some point. Look around for a cistern, old home foundation and other persisting garden plants nearby. More

Champion Burr Oak Tree

Champion Burr Oak Tree near McBaine, Mo.
The Missouri state champion burr oak tree stands in a field near McBaine. More

Champion Trees in Missouri

I think it’s hard not to feel both humbled and uplifted when you’re standing near a very big, very old tree. More

Cherrybark Oak

Image of a cherrybark oak leaf
Quercus pagoda
The bark of this tree, as the name suggests, looks like the bark of a cherry tree. The species name starts to make sense when you hold one of the leaves with the leaf stalk upward: The pointed lobes make the leaf resemble an outline of a Chinese pagoda. Look for it in Missouri's Bootheel counties. More

Chinkapin Oak

Chinkapin Oak
Quercus muehlenbergii
This attractive tree is fairly easy to identify because of its distinctively toothed leaves. It has edible acorns and valuable wood. Look for it growing in rocky soils derived from limestone or dolomite on bluffs and in upland woods. It is also found in floodplain forests and lower slopes along streams. More

Christmas Tree - When the Weather is Frightful

It’s time to get out and find just the right tree for the holidays. More
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