Content tagged with "Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines"

Alternate-Leaved Dogwood (Pagoda Dogwood)

Cornus alternifolia
Dogwoods have leaves arranged opposite one another on the stem—except for this species! This shrub or small tree is a popular ornamental, especially in the northern parts of Missouri, where it can be too cold to grow flowering dogwood.

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American Basswood (American Linden)

Tilia americana
This attractive shade tree is commonly planted in lawns, parks and along city streets. Some people make a tea from its sweet-scented flowers. Recognize it by its leaf shape and texture, and by the unusual strap-shaped, reduced leaf attached to the clusters of small flowers.

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American Beech

Fagus grandifolia
Limited in our state to well-drained, sandy soils in southeast Missouri, this impressive tree has provided Americans with wood for a variety of uses, from furniture to toys to fuel to beer barrels!

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American Elm

Ulmus americana
Until Dutch elm disease came to America, this large, graceful elm was widely planted along city streets and was beloved as the all-American shade tree. Now large specimens are rare, since the deadly fungus usually kills trees before they reach fine old ages.

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American Hazelnut

Corylus americana
American hazelnut, also called hazel or American filbert, grows in dense thickets on a wide variety of soils and sites. The nuts are prized by humans and by squirrels!

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american holly

American Holly

Ilex opaca
This is Missouri's most durable broad-leafed evergreen tree and is best known for its bright red berries and spiny green leaves at Christmas.

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American Hornbeam (Musclewood)

Carpinus caroliniana
American hornbeam is also called musclewood because of the sinewy appearance of its smooth gray bark. The name hornbeam refers to the genuine strength of its wood—it is one of the hardest and strongest woods in North America.

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Amur Corktree

Phellodendron amurense
This non-native tree is becoming naturalized in our state. Originally introduced for landscape planting, it has proven itself invasive in the northeastern United States and has shown invasive tendencies in St. Louis.

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Arrowwood Viburnum (Southern Arrow Wood)

Viburnum dentatum
This lovely shrub is critically imperiled in Missouri, but the white flower clusters and dark blue berries make it a great choice for landscaping.

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Austrian Pine

Pinus nigra
Primarily a landscaping tree, Austrian pine sometimes reproduces here on its own, and for this reason it's officially included in the flora of our state. Usually, you find it in urban and suburban ornamental plantings or, if you're out hiking, persisting at old home sites.

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