Content tagged with "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines"

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.

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Illustration of common alder leaves, flowers, fruits.

Common Alder

Alnus serrulata
Common alder is a good plant to know — its flowers and fruits are eaten by wildlife, its thick roots prevent erosion while enriching the soil, its bark has a long history of medical uses, and the dried female catkins, which look like tiny pinecones, are useful in craft projects and in jewelry!

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Illustration of common blackberry leaves, flowers, fruits.

Common Blackberry

Rubus allegheniensis
“Please don’t throw me into the briar patch!” The real truth about blackberry bushes is that the prickles are worth braving — whether you’re a rabbit seeking shelter or a berry-picker hunting the delicious fruits.

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Illustration of common buckthorn leaves and fruits.

Common Buckthorn

Rhamnus cathartica
You might see it for sale at a nursery, but don’t buy it! At least six states have banned this invasive exotic, and the difficult-to-control plant is causing problems here in Missouri, too. Learn how to identify it — and avoid it!

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Illustration of corkwood leaves and fruits.


Leitneria floridana
Corkwood is a rare and unusual small tree that doesn’t have a problem with having its feet wet for long periods of time, but it grows rarer as its swampy habitat is converted to cropland.

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Image of cottonwood leaf


Populus deltoides
Named for the cottony fluffs of hairs attached to its tiny seeds, cottonwood thrives in moist lowlands near streams and rivers. It is Missouri’s fastest-growing native tree but pays for that distinction by being relatively short-lived.

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Illustration of cucumber magnolia leaves, flower, fruits.

Cucumber Magnolia

Magnolia acuminata
The cucumber magnolia is an impressive, large, broad-spreading shade tree native to southern Missouri. It is often cultivated in the eastern United States because, compared to more southern magnolias, it is relatively cold-hardy.

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Photo of dewberry flowers


Rubus flagellaris
Dewberry is a lot like common blackberry, except that instead of being a small shrub, its canes form trailing woody vines. Both plants are prickly, and both produce delicious deep purple berries!

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downy serviceberry

Downy Serviceberry (Serviceberry)

Amelanchier arborea
This tall shrub or small tree is found throughout most of Missouri in open or rocky woods. The showy white flowers are among the first of the early spring trees and shrubs to bloom. The striking flowers, the purplish, often sweet berries and the brilliant fall color make serviceberry an attractive landscaping tree.

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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.

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