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Dwarf Chestnut Oak

Quercus prinoides
Although only 3–10 feet tall, and the shortest of Missouri's oaks, this shrub or small tree can nevertheless produce abundant acorns that are relished by several types of birds and mammals. More

Eastern Red Cedar

eastern redcedar tree
Juniperus virginiana
By far the most common native conifer in the state, eastern red cedar is useful for its aromatic, red wood and beloved for its greenery, its resinous blue “berries” and the spicy odor it lends the out-of-doors. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of an eastern redbud tree growing at woodland border
Redbud grows statewide, in open woodland, borders of woods, dolomite glades, and along rocky streams and bluffs; also found in landscape plantings. In the wild, it is generally an understory tree. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of an eastern redbud tree in bloom
Eastern redbud is a favorite small, spring-flowering landscaping tree. In fall the leaves turn yellow or greenish yellow. Many people find the pods attractive as well. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of eastern redbud blossoms
Eastern redbud is a native shrub or small tree that is distinctly ornamental in spring with small, clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves. More

Eastern Redbud

Photo of eastern redbud blossoms
Cercis canadensis
Eastern redbud is a native shrub or small tree that is distinctly ornamental in spring with small, clustered, rose-purple flowers covering the bare branches before the leaves. More

Eastern Redbud (Flowers)

Photo of an eastern redbud tree branch covered in rose-purple blossoms
In spring, redbud’s clusters of small, rose-purple flowers cover the bare branches. It blooms in late March to early May. Note that the petals of the flowers are in the typical pea-family configuration. The flowers are edible and can be eaten in salads, either raw or pickled; in Mexico, they are fried. More

Eastern White Pine

eastern white pine
Pinus strobus
It is unlikely you will find an eastern white pine on a hike, unless you come across an old homesite where somebody planted it, or the trees that were its parents. A native to much of eastern North America, it has been widely introduced in Missouri and sometimes reproduces on its own. More

Enduring Red Cedar

Since buying our little house in the woods 13 years ago, I have cut down hundreds of cedar trees for various reasons. More

European Alder (Black Alder)

Alnus glutinosa
Native to Europe and Asia, this tree is planted widely as an ornamental. In some parts of the United States and elsewhere in the world, this species becomes weedy, even invasive. In Missouri, you are most likely to encounter it in landscaped areas, and not in the wild. More