Possum haw is the more common of two native Missouri hollies that lose their leaves each fall. This shrub or small tree is eye-catching in the fall and winter when the bright red berries persist on the gray and brown branches and twigs.
True to its name, post oak has long been favored for fence posts and played an important historic role in the success of American pioneers. This tree, which has distinctive cross- or ghost-shaped leaves, is found in rocky upland woodlands and in flatwoods on broad ridges.
Red buckeye and Ohio buckeye are both found in Missouri. You can distinguish red buckeye by its having usually 5 leaflets (not 7), its red (not greenish-yellow) flowers, and the absence of any spines on its fruit hulls. Although both buckeyes are cultivated statewide, red buckeye grows in the wild only in our southeastern counties.
Red mulberry is native to Missouri and North America. You may be wondering how it differs from the introduced white mulberry tree, which is considered a noxious weed. You can begin to tell them apart by examining the leaves and the fruits.
A native tree easily identified by its reddish, papery, peeling bark, river birch is used extensively in landscaping, where many-stemmed groupings are planted in moist places in yards and along streams and ponds.
This small tree with distinctive silvery leaves was introduced to America in the late 1800s and widely planted as an ornamental and windbreak. However, in the Great Plains and western states it has proven to be invasive, where it outcompetes native vegetation and causes a host of ecological problems. Although it's not as invasive in the eastern United States, it could become a problem here in Missouri.
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