Osage Orange Deciduous

Maclura pomifera

Osage orange was first cultivated in the south in the early 1800’s. It was brought north by Professor Jonathan Turner, a biology teacher at Illinois College, and promoted as a living fence by John Wright, editor of The Prairie Farmer

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Osage Orange fruit is roughly the size of a softball.
Pagoda Dogwood Deciduous

Cornus alternifolia

The species is native to forest edges in the northeastern US from Minnesota to Maine and south to the mid-Atlantic states. 

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A row these shrubs while flowering adorn bench seating
Pin Oak Deciduous

Quercus palustris

Pin oak is a moderately large tree with normal heights ranging from 70 to 90 feet with diameters between 2 and 3 feet.

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Pin Oak leaves closeup.
Red Buckeye Deciduous

Aesculus pavia

A red-flowering shrubby species of the southeast US. The tree grows much like horsechestnut but with red flowers. It can be prone to significant foliar diseases in humid summers.

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Red Maple Deciduous

Acer rubrum

Red maple’s attractive shape, clean habit, and brilliant red fall color have made it one of the most commonly planted trees across the eastern United States including eastern Nebraska.  The tree has a remarkably wide native range occurring from Minnesota to New Foundland south to Florida and Texas, and most points in between.

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Red Maple has brilliant red leaves in the fall.
Redbud Deciduous

Cercis canadensis

Redbuds are best known for their magenta-pink pea-like flowers that bloom profusely before leaves emerge in the spring. It’s a beautiful small tree with a very naturalistic form, often multi-trunked and wider than it is tall.

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River Birch Deciduous

Betula Nigra

Most birch species do not grow well in Nebraska, preferring more northerly locations where summers are cool and moisture is more consistent.  River birch, however, is the most heat-tolerant of birches and can grow quickly when well-sited in eastern Nebraska. 

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birch tree growing in front of a house.
Serviceberry Deciduous

Amelanchier sp.

Serviceberry (Amelanchier sp), is a small forest tree that gives the promise of spring. It is one of the first to bloom with delicate white flowers. There are many varieties of serviceberry including Allegheny serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis), Autumn Brilliance Apple serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora 'Autumn Brilliance'), Downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea), and Saskatoon serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia). There are others but these seem to be the most popular in the Nebraska/Iowa area.

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Shagbark Hickory Deciduous

Carya ovata

Along with bitternut, shagbark hickory is one of two native hickories in Nebraska’s eastern woodlands where it is often found growing on relatively moist slopes in association with oaks and lindens.

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Shagbark Hickory
Silver Maple Deciduous

Acer saccharinum

Silver maple was heavily planted as an ornamental in many urban areas because of its ease of transplanting and establishment, adaptability to a wide range of sites, rapid growth, and good form. More recently, the tree has fallen out of favor and new plantings are rare. 

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Silver Maple tree.