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Plans for a Missouri Ozark Forest

Ozarks Forest lands

A Ozarks forest is home to several A Forest Farm is a privately owned forest that helps a family have steady income.

Some forest owners are reforesting their forests with more valuable trees species for harvesting some day in the future.

Others are restoring their forests to preserve wildlife habitat.

Missouri Forests

We have plans for foresters in Missouri to encourage wildlife and establish vauable species of trees and herbs in the forest.

Native Tree Species

Black Oak -Quercus velutina, the black oak, is a species of oak in the red oak group, native and widespread in eastern and central North America. Also called eastern black oak.

White Oak - Quercus alba, the white oak, is one of the preeminent hardwoods of eastern and central North America. It is a long-lived oak, native to eastern and central North America and found from Minnesota, Ontario, Quebec, and southern Maine south as far as northern Florida and eastern Texas.

Scarlet Oak - Quercus coccinea, the scarlet oak, is a deciduous tree in the red oak section Lobatae of the genus Quercus, in the family Fagaceae. It can be mistaken for the pin oak, the black oak, or occasionally the red oak.

Black Hickory - Carya texana, or black hickory, for its dark colored bark, is a North American tree in the walnut family, Juglandaceae. It is endemic to the United States, found primarily in the southern Great Plains and the Lower Mississippi Valley.

Pignut hickory - Carya glabra, the pignut hickory, is a common, but not abundant species of hickory in the oak-hickory forest association in the Eastern United States and Canada.

Post Oak - Quercus stellata, the post oak or iron oak, is a North American species of oak in the white oak section. It is a slow-growing oak that lives in dry areas on the edges of fields, tops of ridges also grows in poor soils, and is resistant to rot, fire, and drought.

Mockernut Hickory - Quercus stellata, the post oak or iron oak, is a North American species of oak in the white oak section. It is a slow-growing oak that lives in dry areas on the edges of fields, tops of ridges also grows in poor soils, and is resistant to rot, fire, and drought.

Flowering - The flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) is a deciduous tree, meaning that it loses its leaves in the winter. In early spring, the dogwood produces white or pink petals, and in late spring it has red berries. It grows best in moist soil, and does not handle drought well.

Shortleaf Pine - Pinus echinata, the shortleaf pine,is a species of pine native to the eastern United States from southernmost New York, south to northern Florida, west to eastern Oklahoma, and southwest to eastern Texas.

Blackgum - The black gum tree ( Nyssa sylvatica) is a medium-size deciduous tree (it drops its leaves in the fall) with a slow growth rate, gaining only around 1 to 2 feet per year. It generally grows in a rounded shape with a straight trunk, and its bark is said to look like alligator skin.

Sassafras - Sassafras albidum -Sassafras is a deciduous tree that is native to eastern and central USA and is found in all areas of NC except the higher mountains. It can be found in woodlands, fields, and along roadsides and has adapted to various acidic soils. All parts of the tree are aromatic. In early to mid-spring, small, bright yellow-green flower clusters are born in 2-inch stalks on separate male and female trees. Female trees produce a blue, fleshy drupe that is borne in a red cup attached to a red stalk. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful yellow to orange to red in color.

Blackjack Oak - The blackjack oak (Quercus marilandica) is also known as the Jack oak, black oak, and barren oak. A small deciduous tree that grows 20 to 30 feet (maximum 90 feet) with a trunk diameter of 1 foot or less.

Black walnut - Juglans nigra, commonly known as Black Walnut as the nuts and husks can stain, is an extremely valuable and attractive forest tree. It prefers full sun and wet to dry loam or sandy high acidic to slightly alkaline soil.

Carolina buckhorn - Frangula caroliniana, commonly called the Carolina buckthorn, is a deciduous upright shrub or small tree native to the southeastern, south-central, and mid-western parts of the United States, from Texas east to Florida and north as far as Maryland, Ohio, Missouri, and Oklahoma.

Slippery Elm -Ulmus rubra, the slippery elm, is a species of elm native to eastern North America, ranging from southeast North Dakota, east to Maine and southern Quebec, south to northernmost Florida, and west to eastern Texas,

White Ash - Fraxinus americana, the white ash or American ash, is a species of ash tree native to eastern and central North America.

Persimmon - Diospyros virginiana Persimmon is a medium-sized tree, varying in size and shape with growing conditions. Has edible fruit in the fall.

Redbud - Cercis canadensis, the eastern redbud, is a large deciduous shrub or small tree, native to eastern North America from southern Michigan south to central Mexico, east to New Jersey.

Grape - Six Missouri species have their own pages in this guide; links to them are at the bottom of this page: Summer grape (V. aestivalis) Winter grape (V. cinerea) Red grape (V. palmata) Riverbank grape (V. riparia) Sand grape (V. rupestris) Frost grape (V. vulpina)

Red maple - Acer rubrum, the red maple, also known as swamp, water or soft maple, is one of the most common and widespread deciduous trees of eastern and central North America.

Plum - Prunus americana Wild plum is a shrub that propagates itself by root sprouts to form thickets, or it can be a small tree with spreading, more or less hanging, branches.

Shagbark hickory - Carya ovata, the shagbark hickory, is a common hickory in the Eastern United States and southeast Canada. It is a large, deciduous tree, growing well over 100 ft tall, and can live more than 350 years.

Serviceberry -Amelanchier canadensis Large shrub or small tree with beautiful fall colors. White spring flowers giving way to 1/4" fruit loved by birds.

Black cherry -Black cherry is the largest cherry native to Missouri. It grows best in forests with deep soils; however, trees occur in hedgerows and along county roads because birds spread the seeds. Most large trees have been harvested for their valuable wood that is used for fine woodworking.

Winged Elm - Ulmus alata, the winged elm or wahoo, is a small- to medium-sized deciduous tree endemic to the woodlands of the southeastern and south-central United States.

Red Mulberry - Morus rubra, commonly known as the red mulberry, is a species of mulberry native to eastern and central North America. It has red beries in the fall.

Sugar Maple - Acer saccharum, the sugar maple, is a species of flowering plant in the soapberry and lychee family Sapindaceae. It is native to the hardwood forests of eastern Canada and eastern United States. Sugar maple is best known for maple syrup and for its brightly colored fall foliage.

Chinkapin Oak - Quercus muehlenbergii, the chinkapin or chinquapin oak, is a deciduous species of tree in the white oak group.

Bitternut hickory - Carya cordiformis, the bitternut hickory, also called bitternut or swamp hickory, is a large pecan hickory with commercial stands located mostly north of the other pecan hickories.

Rusty blackhaw - Viburnum rufidulum Rusty Blackhaw is a shrub or small tree that is native to eastern and central USA and is found in most areas of NC. It can be grown as a shrub or a multi-stemmed or single-stemmed tree.

American ginsengPanax quinquefolius - American ginseng is a perennial herb. Its leaves occur in a whorl at the top of the single stem, and each leaf is palmately compound, with 3 to 5 leaflets. Small, insignificant greenish-white flowers emerge in May–July on a stalk emerging from the base of the whorl of leaves. A cluster of red berries is produced in middle to late summer or early fall.


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