Category Archives: Shrubs

Shrubs that are native to Arkansas

Know Your Natives – Ohio Buckeye

Ohio Buckeye (Aesculus glabra) of the Soapberry (Sapindaceae) Family, formerly of the Horsechestnut (Hippocastanaceae) family, is a medium to large deciduous tree with opposite, palmately compound leaves. It is native from central Texas to western Pennsylvania and as far north as central Iowa to southern Michigan and south into northern Alabama and the highlands of the northwestern half of Arkansas. Other common names include “American buckeye” and “fetid buckeye”, based on the odor of crushed leaves, bark and twigs. The name “buckeye” relates to the dark, ovoid poisonous seeds that have a lighter colored hilum (scar). Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Arkansas Yucca

Arkansas yucca (Yucca arkansana) of the Agave (Agavaceae) family, formerly of the Lily (Liliaceae) family, an evergreen shrub, occurs in Texas, Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, southern Missouri and Arkansas.  In Arkansas, it occurs throughout much of the Interior Highlands.  The genus name … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Possumhaw

Possumhaw (Ilex decidua) is a deciduous shrub or small tree in the holly (Aquifoliaceae) family that bears showy winter fruit.  In the U.S., it is found throughout the Southeast from central Texas to southeastern Kansas, to southern Illinois, east to … Continue reading

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Know Your Natives – Beautyberry

Beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) of the Mint (Lamiaceae) family, formerly of the Vervain (Verbenaceae) family, is a large deciduous shrub that occurs throughout the Southeastern U.S. from Texas and Oklahoma to southern Missouri and southwestern Kentucky, to Maryland, thence south and east to the coasts.  … Continue reading

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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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