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.
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.
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.
Nannyberry is an understory shrub or small tree that grows in low woods, wooded slopes and in rich valleys near streams. It is officially a Species of Conservation Concern in our state, but its rarity here may simply be because Missouri is at the southern end of its range.
MDC protects and manages Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife resources. We also facilitate your participation in resource-management activities, and we provide opportunities for you to use, enjoy and learn about nature.