Louisiana’s Birdfoot Delta

When it comes to fishing, few places can match the versatility of Louisiana’s birdfoot delta. Mention the birdfoot Delta in any fishing circle, and you’ll get more than your share of puzzled looks. Yet this is the exact term geologists use to define the prolific area of Southeast Louisiana, better known as the Mississippi Delta … Read more

Tree Features: Laurel Oak – Quercus Laurifolia

The Laurel Oak is a deciduous tree that is native to the eastern United States and Canada. This tree has leaves that are dark green on the upper side and mottled with white on the lower side. This tree is often confused with the Ginkgo. Landscaping and Ornamental Use Laurel oak is a popular choice … Read more

Tree Features: Water Locust(Gleditsia aquatica)

Water Locust Tree - Facts About Tree

Gleditsia aquatica is a tree that originates in the southeastern United States and adjacent regions. This swampy tree occurs primarily in southern parts of the United States. It comes from southeastern, western Florida to eastern Texas and northern Illinois. It can be found as far north as Ohio, southern New York, and southwestern Connecticut. Important … Read more

Tree Features: Pin Oak

Pin Oak Leaves

Pin oak (Quercus palustris) is a medium-sized tree that has a distinctive pyramidal form. The leaves are simple, alternate, 3 to 6 inches long. Pin oak has 5 to 9 bristle-tipped lobes with very deep sinuses that extend almost to the midrib. Pin oak fruit is a small acorn 1/2 inch long, round but flat … Read more

Tree Features: Dogwood

Pictured above is a flowering dogwood (left) and a roughleaf dogwood (right). There are a number of species of dogwoods all but one have opposite leaf arrangements. The Alternate-Leaf Dogwood is the one exception. Dogwoods are usually shrubs to small trees and can easily be recognized by the veins in their leaves. If you see … Read more

Plant Features: American Holly

American Holly – Ilex opaca: A small to medium-sized tree. Leaves alternate, persistent, simple, 2-4 inches long, and 1-2 inches wide. The leaf margin is wavy with stout, stiff, sharp spines. Fruit is a spherical red berrylike drupe about .25 inches in diameter, each containing several 1 seeded nutlets. The bark is Gray and thin … Read more

Plant Features: Chinese Privet

Chinese Privet (Ligustrum sinense) is a woody shrub with opposite, simple, entire leaves. About 1 inch in length. Chinese Privet forms a shrub reaching heights of about 15 feet. Physical Characteristics Chinese Privet grows as a shrub. It reaches heights between 6 to 12 feet. The leaves are opposite, simple, and oval-shaped. They measure 1 … Read more

Plant Features: Tupelo Gum (Nyssa aquatica)

Tupelo Gum, also known as water tupelo or swamp tupelo, is a remarkable tree native to the southeastern United States. Known for its ability to thrive in wetland environments, this tree provides significant ecological value and unique characteristics that make it a valuable species for both natural habitats and human use. Physical Characteristics Main Features … Read more

Plant Features: Black Gum

Blackgum – Nyssa sylvatica: A medium-sized tree whose branches stand at right angles to the trunk. Leaf: Alternate, simple, pinnately veined, obovate in shape with an entire margin, 3 to 5 inches long. Rarely toothed. Flower: Not showy, green-white in color, appearing with the leaves, hanging in clusters. Fruit: A dark, purplish-blue drupe, 1/2 inch long, … Read more

Plant Features: Pecan

Pecan (Carya Illinoensis) is the best-known of all the Hickories. It can be recognized by thier alternate, pinnately compound leaves with 9 to 15 finely serrate leaflets, 12 to 18 inches long. The nuts are large oblong, brown, splotched with black, thin-shelled nuts, 1 1/2 to 2 inches long. Nuts are in clusters on trees. … Read more