|It's truly impossible to imagine the Ozark hills without trees.
Black walnut picking, hickory nut cake, butternut wood carvings, hedge fence posts, sassafras tea.
Cedar trees for Christmas, catalpas alongside the railroads, pawpaw groves, persimmons turned sweet by the frost.
And spring mountainsides, alive with dogwood and redbud.
Yep. Trees are the heart and soul of these Ozark mountain hills.
An Ozark Tree List:
White Oak Quercus alba
Sassafras Sassafras albidum
Hickory Carya illinoensis
Black Walnut Juglans nigra
Butternut Juglans cinerea
Osage Orange Maclura pomifera
Cedar Juniperus virginiana
Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida
Persimmon Diospyros virginiana
Catalpa Catalpa bignonioides
Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis
Pawpaw Asinima triloba
|White Oak (Quercus alba)|
Away beyond the Jarboe house
I saw a different kind of tree.
Its trunk was old and large and bent,
And I could feel it look at me.
The road was going on and on
Beyond to reach some other place.
I saw a tree that looked at me,
And yet it did not have a face.
It looked at me with all its limbs;
It looked at me with all its bark.
The yellow wrinkles on its sides
Were bent and dark.
And then I ran to get away,
But when I stopped and turned to see,
The tree was bending to the side
And leaning out to look at me.
Elizabeth Madox Roberts
|White Oak (Quercus alba)
Size: 80-100 feet tall; leaves 5-9 inches long.
What to look for: leaves bright green above, pale green below, with 7-9 rounded major lobes (clefts between lobes deep or shallow); acord cup shallow, with knobby scales.
Habitat: riverbanks, moist valleys to sandy plains and dry hillsides.
page 306, Wernett, Susan J., et al. North American Wildlife. The Reader's Digest Association, Inc., 1986.