JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) encourages people to unwind in nature this spring by enjoying Missouri’s flowering trees and shrubs. Many of Missouri’s native trees and shrubs bloom in spring, putting on dazzling displays that attract native wildlife such as birds and pollinators. Flowering spring trees and shrubs can be enjoyed while out in the yard, out on a walk, or even from the indoors while social distancing.
Early-bloomers in the coming weeks include:
MDC encourages people to plant native trees and shrubs and replace non-native varieties such as the invasive Bradford or Cleveland Select ornamental pear trees. These invasive species are known to multiply quickly and crowd out native Missouri plants. Though it’s been a popular landscaping tree for decades, cultivated forms have spread aggressively throughout the state. Cultivated varieties of this plant for sale include Aristocrat, Autumn Blaze, Bradford, Capital, Chanticleer, New Bradford, and Redspire, among others. All are invasive and should not be planted. The public is encouraged to visit grownative.org for a list of vendors that sell Missouri native plant species.
Wherever the location in Missouri, take time to enjoy the natural beauty of spring-flowering trees and shrubs. Learn more about Missouri’s native trees and plants on the MDC website at https://mdc.mo.gov/trees-plants.