Content tagged with "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines"

Meadow Willow

Salix petiolaris
A clumped shrub that grows naturally only in the northeastern part of Missouri, meadow willow lives in low, wet ground in mud or sandy gravel along streams and in wet meadows. Rare in our state, it is perhaps best identified by examining the leaves.

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Mimosa (Silk Tree)

Albizia julibrissin
Grown as an ornamental for its attractive pink flower clusters, its gracefully spreading branches, and its delicate leaves, this native of Asia is easily propagated and grows rapidly—unfortunately, it has become established as a weedy, invasive exotic in much of the state.

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Mockernut Hickory

Carya tomentosa
Missouri is rich with hickory trees. This hickory stands out from the rest for its hard wood, thick-shelled fruit enclosing relatively small kernels, large and light-colored terminal buds and tight, never shaggy, bark.

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Multiflora Rose

Rosa multiflora
Starting more than a century ago, this nonnative rose was planted across America — for many good reasons — but it has proven to be invasive, and now the goal is to stop its spread.

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Viburnum lentago
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.

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Photo of New Jersey tea, a small shrubby prairie plant, in flower

New Jersey Tea

Ceanothus americanus
A very small shrub of our native prairies and other open sites, New Jersey tea was used by patriotic American colonists as a substitute for black tea imported from England during the Revolutionary War.

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Physocarpus opulifolius
An attractive shrub with wide-spreading, graceful, recurved branches and bark peeling off in conspicuous thin strips, ninebark is found throughout southern and eastern Missouri on gravel bars, rocky stream banks and bluffs along streams. Look for it in landscaped areas, too!

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northern catalpa

Northern Catalpa

Catalpa speciosa
Of the three species of catalpas in our state, northern catalpa is the only one native to Missouri (specifically, the Bootheel region). It has been planted widely, though, in town and country, and has naturalized in many places. A popular ornamental and shade tree with pretty, orchidlike flowers and long, beanlike fruit.

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northern red oak

Northern Red Oak

Quercus rubra
This handsome tree is a favorite for planting in streets and parks and is one of the most widespread and commercially important of the oaks. The lumber industry and many field guides separate oak trees into two broad groups: the "white oaks" and the "red oaks." This species typifies the latter.

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Nuttall's Oak

Quercus texana
The name of this tree honors Thomas Nuttall, a biologist who traveled extensively in North America, including the western United States up the Missouri only five years after Lewis and Clark's trip. Because most of Lewis and Clark's biological specimens were lost, Nuttall collected many plants that were completely new to science. Nuttall also wrote one of the first complete bird manuals of North America.

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