Texas Red Oak - Quercus texana, (also called the Nutall Oak) is a medium to large tree that grows to reach heights of 115 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter. The Texas Red Oak has a swollen base and spreading, horizontal, slightly drooping branches. Texas Red Oak is commercially important in the floodplain areas of the Mississippi River, where it is harvested as Red Oak. Wildlife rely on the acorns of this species as a reliable source of food. Due to it's strength, ability to grow well in poor soil and nice appearance it is becoming a popular shade tree. It is native to floodplains, bottom land woods areas, and wet clay soils from 0-200 m. It is restricted in range mainly around the Mississippi River drainage basin from Alabama west through Eastern Texas, north to Southeastern Missouri and Southern Illinois.
Monday, March 20, 2023
Friday, March 17, 2023
The Golden Dewdrops - Duranta erecta, are most easily identified by their brilliant sky blue colored flowers and bright yellow fruit. They originated in the West Indies but have been naturalized from South Florida to East/Central Texas. In the United States they are found primarily on disturbed sites, pine lands, and hammocks from 0-100 m. An evergreen shrub, occasional vine or rarely a small tree they reach heights of only 20 feet.
Friday, March 10, 2023
Japanese Pagoda Tree - Styphnolobium japonicum, is recognized by the combination of pinnate leaves, white or yellow to white flowers and yellow to brown, necklace like legume. It is a deciduous tree that reaches heights of about 60-65 feet tall. Growing in an erect form with a single trunk and broad crown. It was introduced from Asia and is cultivated and now naturalized from Pennsylvania and Ohio in the North to North Carolina in the South.
Thursday, March 9, 2023
Oysterwood - Gymnanthes lucida (also called the Crabwood), is the only tree native to Florida who's leaves have an eared base. It grows in an erect form with a single trunk and narrow crown. It is found in Hammocks in the Florida Keys and Southern Florida only. A member of the very small genus Gymnanthes which is made up of only 12 species a distributed in the American tropics, Oysterwood is the only member found in North America. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches height of only about 30 feet tall.
Oysterwood - Gymnanthes lucida (also called the Crabwood), is the only tree native to Florida whos leaves have an eared base. It grows in an erect form with a single trunk and narrow crown. It is found in Hammocks in the Florida Keys and Southern Florida only. A member of the very small genus Gymnanthes which is made up of only 12 species a distributed in the American tropics, Oysterwood is the only member found in North America. It is an evergreen shrub or small tree that reaches height of only about 30 feet tall.
Monday, March 6, 2023
Cherrybark Oak - Quercus pagoda, is most easily recognized by the combination of leaves with 5-11 marginal lobes and hairy lower surface, large buds and bark that is very similar to that of a Black Cherry. It is a deciduous tree, potentially reaches heights of 60-80 feet tall. Growing in an erect upright fashion with a single trunk which is generally clear of branches on the trunk. The Cherrybark Oak prefers a bottomland, floodplain forest, lower slopes, river beds and other areas that are subject to periodic flooding. The Overcup Oak is another Oak that is commonly found growing in the same habitat areas, however they are not very similar in appearance having very different leaves and acorns.
Thursday, March 2, 2023
Arborvitae - Thuja occidentalis is monoecious evergreen tree that generally reaches heights of 40-50 feet tall, although it has the potential to grow much taller in ideal conditions. It is a native northern Cypress with scale like leaves, and flattened twigs that are grouped in fan shaped sprays with bilaterally symmetric cones. Found mostly on limestone derived soils, in swampy areas, riparian areas, and on cliff /talus from 0-900 m. It is common from Ontario and New Brunswick in the north, south through the Appalachians of North Carolina and Tennessee. It is also commonly called Northern White Cedar, American Arborvitae, Eastern Arborvitae, or Cedar Blanc.