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eastern redcedar tree

Eastern Red Cedar

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.

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Eastern Redbud

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.

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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.

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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.

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flowering dogwood flower

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida
A beautiful shrub to small tree with a straggling, spreading crown, Missouri’s official state tree presents lovely boughs of white inflorescences in springtime forests.

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Fragrant Sumac

Rhus aromatica
Fragrant sumac looks a lot like poison ivy! But this pleasant, nontoxic plant is easily told from its "evil cousin." Note the middle leaflet of its "leaves of three": On fragrant sumac, there is no (or at most a very short) leaf stalk on that middle leaflet. Also, fragrant sumac has hairy, reddish fruits (not waxy whitish ones).

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golden rain tree

Golden Rain Tree

Koelreuteria paniculata
This native of China and Korea was cultivated in Missouri for years, often in urban landscaping. Because it readily escapes from cultivation and is invasive, it is no longer recommended for planting in Missouri.

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Grape Honeysuckle

Lonicera reticulata (formerly L. prolifera)
One of Missouri's beautiful native honeysuckles, grape honeysuckle is found mainly in the northern two-thirds of the state. In the native plant garden, it is easy to grow, but it is not aggressive like the introduced invasive Japanese honeysuckle.

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Gray Dogwood (Stiff Dogwood)

Cornus foemina
Gray dogwood is a deciduous, thicket-forming shrub. Its small, creamy-white flowers occur in branched clusters, and its white or pale blue fruits are supported by red stalks—a characteristic that makes it attractive for ornamental uses.

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Green Ash

Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Green ash is one of the most widely planted shade trees around homes and along streets. In the wild, it lives along streams and in low grounds. Sadly, it is one of the trees most vulnerable to the emerald ash borer, an exotic invasive pest. Learn to identify and appreciate our beautiful green ash trees before the insect arrives.

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