Tree Features: American Beech – Fagus Grandifolia

American Beech – Fagus grandifolia: A medium sized tree. Leaves altenate, simple, deciduous, 2.5 to 5 inches long, 1 to 2.5 inches wide. Fruit is a 3 angled nut, enclosed in a bur covered capsule. Trigs often zigzag with terminal buds 1 inch long. Bark is thin, smooth, gray. Range from southeastern Canada to Wisconsin south to … Read more

Your Food Plot and pH

You probably already realize that fertilizer is an important part of growing a productive garden. Food plots are just like your back yard garden except you are growing food for the deer not yourself. So different plants are grown but the need for fertilizer remains the same. The need for fertilizer in a garder is … Read more

Tree Features: Post Oak

The Post Oak (Quercus stellata) has a range from Massachusetts west to Illinois then south to central Texas east to central Florida. Post oak gets its name from the fact that it was once used extensivly for post because of it durability when in contact with the soil. Post oak is one of the more … Read more

Tree Features: Water Locust

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, northern Illinois. It can be found as far north as Ohio, southern New York and southwestern Connecticut.

Plant Freatures: Hackberry

Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) is a small to medium-sized tree with alternate, simple, leaves 2 to 5 inches long. Leaves are ovate, with acuminate tips and a cordate, inequilateral base. Leaf margins are serrate and may be somewhat pubescent (hairy) below. Hackberry and Sugarberry the Louisiana version have a fleshy, globose drupe, 1/4 to 3/8 inch … Read more

Tree Features: Water Hickory

Water hickory trees as the name implies grow and reproduce vigorously wet areas of the coastal plains of the Atlantic and Gulf as far west as Texas. They are also found in the Mississippi valley as far north as Illinois. Timber value is very low. Water hickory are easily confused with pecan. Their fruits are … Read more

Tree Features: Pin Oak

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 an small acorn 1/2 inch long, round but … Read more

Plant Features: Black Cherry

Black Cherry – Prunus serotina: A small to medium sized tree. Leaf: Alternate, 2 to 5 inches long, oval to oblong, lance-shaped. Margins are finely serrated, dark green and lustrous above, paler below; usually with a dense yellowish-brown, pubescence along mid-rib. Flower: White racemes appear when leaves are half to newly formed. Flowers May to July. … 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 has opposite leaf arrangement. 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