Category Archives: Shrubs

Shrubs that are native to Arkansas

Know Your Natives – Alder

Alder (Alnus serrulata) of the Birch (Betulaceae) family is a deciduous shrub found in the U.S. from Texas to Kansas to Maine and thence east and south to the borders.  This shrub, the only species in the Alnus genus in … Continue reading

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Native Plant Report – Ouachita National Trail – Perry County

Spring is in full swing in the Ouachita Mountains! The first ANPS Native Plant hike of 2015 was on April 11. Seven enthusiastic participants enjoyed a spectacular spring day in the forest. A full hike report will appear in the … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives: Coralberry

Coralberry (Symphoricarpos orbiculatus) of the Caprifoliaceae (Honeysuckle) Family occurs in the U.S. from Texas to South Dakota and Minnesota, eastward to central New England and southward, though it is infrequent to absent throughout much of the East Gulf Coastal and Southern Atlantic Coastal … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Missouri Gooseberry

Missouri Gooseberry Missouri Gooseberry (Ribes missouriense) is one of four species of gooseberries in Arkansas. Sometimes called currants, the genus is found across most of the northern hemisphere, extending down into South America via the Andes. It is the only … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – “Leaves of three, let it be”…usually

We have all heard the advice, “Leaves of three, let it be”.  Two native Arkansas plants, poison-ivy and poison-oak, have three leaflets per leaf and contain urushiol, an oily allergen.  Following direct or indirect contact, many people experience allergic reactions (contact … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Ozark Witch Hazel

Ozark (or vernal) witch hazel (Hamamelis vernalis) of the Hamamelidaceae (Witch Hazel) Family is a suckering, multi-stemmed, medium-size shrub.  This winter-blooming deciduous shrub favors riparian habitats of mountainous areas of Arkansas, southern Missouri and limited sections of Oklahoma and Texas.  … Continue reading

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Ouachita Huckleberries in the Rain

A group of die-hard native plant lovers met in Crystal Springs on a rainy May 16 in pursuit of black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata), the only true huckleberry in Arkansas.  Arkansas Native Plant Society (ANPS) members in attendance were Susan Hooks, … Continue reading

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Neat Plant Alert: Early to Bloom Plum Ripens in May

Chickasaw plum, Prunus angustifolia, is Arkansas’ most common thicket-forming plum and the earliest to bloom. Thickets at Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, from two to about fifteen feet in height, were so impressively massive, they seemed to monopolize acres of ground. … Continue reading

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Gardening with Arkansas Native Shrubs

Learn secrets of how to garden successfully with Arkansas native shrubs. We will meet Tuesday September 11 at noon at Central Arkansas Library System. Continue reading

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A Beautiful Fall Native Shrub, American Beautyberry

American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) is a drought tolerant shrub for sun or part sun.   More information is found in the article by Gerald Klingaman, retired Extension Horticulturist.

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