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This is a common Southern species of oak. It grows in poor soil and is resistant to fire, drought, and rot. Its leaves have a cross-like shape; hence, its Latin name. It can be called the cemetery tree because, as seen in this picture, it often has a spooky form that makes it stand out from other species. What is this tree?

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This tree is native to the eastern United States but has a famous, frequently planted cousin in Europe. It is medium sized and deciduous, grows fast, and lives around 200 years. It is an understory tree. Form is domed with spreading branches. The wood is light-colored and known for its beauty.

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This is a classic Southern tree that often grows like a shrub. It originates from Asia and the Tea family with over 100 species and thousands of hybrids. It blooms during the winter leading to its nickname “Rose of Winter.” It has thick leathery dark green leaves with fine serrations. The leaf base is cuneate and tip is pointed. It is a common garden plant. What is this tree?

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blackgumThis is a common tree to eastern North America. It is a shade tree and can grow to be a tall tree – up to 90 ft. – but typically reaches around 50 ft. It grows well in moist soils and tolerates standing water. It is an excellent native ornamental tree with minimal insect or disease problems. The species is dioecious. The tree is identified by leaves with small lobes on each side of the longitudinal axis. The leaves are some of the first to change color in the fall. Also, branches tend to grow at right angles to the stem. This is a good honey tree. Can you name this tree?

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This evergreen tree is not a fir, although it is commonly known as one. The species is native to Asia where they can be large trees and are used for timber in coffins and temples. They are commonly planted in the West (zone 7-9) as a medium-sized ornamental. The leaves are leathery blue-green and needle-like, although unlike pinus, the needles are broadly flat and spiral around the stem. The female cones are somewhat small with spirally arranged scales. It prefers shade and acidic well-drained soils. It is a fairly hardy species as long as it’s not planted too far north where it doesn’t tolerate cold very well.