Oak, Gambel Deciduous

Quercus gambelii

Gambel oak is a scrubby species native to southern Rocky Mountains and four-corners region of the southwestern US.  The oak can vary significantly in size and form from depending on its location.

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close up photograph of the tree's acorn
Oak, Northern Red Deciduous

Quercus rubra

Red oak is Nebraska’s second most abundant native oak occurring on the bluffs of the Missouri River from about South Sioux City to Falls City and extending a few dozen miles westward along some of its major tributaries.

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Northern Red Oak stand at Horning State Farm Demonstration Forest.
Oak, Pin 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.
Oak, White Deciduous

Quercus alba

White oak is abundant across much of the eastern US reaching its western limit at about the Missouri River where it just reaches into southeast Nebraska. It's an excellent ornamental tree because of its broad round crown, dense foliage, and purplish-red to violet-purple fall color.

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White oak provides wonderful shade for this rural home.
Osage Orange Deciduous

Maclura pomifera

Osage orange was first cultivated in the south in the early 1800s. 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.
Pawpaw Deciduous

Asimina triloba

Pawpaw is a forest understory tree native to much of the eastern US, reaching its western limit in the oak-hickory forests of southeast Nebraska. It is best known for its large, edible, yellow-green fruits with custard-like pulp. It’s occasionally used as a landscape tree in southeast Nebraska.

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closeup of pawpaw fruit
Plum, American Deciduous

Prunus americana

American plum is native throughout much of the central US, including the Great Plains. Though typically a shrubby, multi-stemmed plant, it can become a small tree with age reaching up to 20’ tall.

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American plum tree in full bloom.
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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Serviceberry, Downy (Juneberry) Deciduous

Amelanchier arborea

Downy serviceberry is a small forest understory tree native to much of the eastern US and reaching its western limit in southeast Nebraska along the Missouri River. It is occasionally used as a landscape ornamental.

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Serviceberry tree in a landscape.
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.