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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 photo makes this Name this Tree installment a little bit of a trick question. As with all diagnoses, we first have to identify the species. In Mississippi, it is often a fairly small, deciduous tree with alternate branching and simple leaves. The leaves are 2″-6″ long, finely serrate, and leathery. They have a long tapered apex and acute to wedge-shaped base. The leaves are dark green above and lighter below, with dense reddish hairs on the midrib. This tree has “potato chip” bark – it curls and peels off in small pieces (often about quarter-sized) that look like dark grey potato chips. It has white, conspicuous flowers in the spring and a small dark fruit that is poisonous to horses and cattle because it contains cyanide. Is there something wrong with the tree in this photo? Yes, it is responding with epicormic branching as a result of herbicide damage. There is very little live crown on this tree and it has a low chance of survival. However, there is no reason for the owners to remove the tree immediately; therefore, they can wait until spring to observe next season’s response.

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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.

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Ericaceae spp.

This tree is shrubby in form and has small berries that are typically dark blue or black. The fruit is edible and tastes great in pies. This species is often confused with sparkleberry. But unlike sparkleberry, the bark is shaggy or stringy and is a different genus. Like sparkleberry, leaves are whorled and oval-elliptic. Flowers are bell-shaped. What is this tree?

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Source: Jason Gordon at Mynelle Gardens, Jackson, MS

This tree has pinnately and bipinnately compound leaves which are alternate and deciduous. The leaflets are mostly entire, acute, and rounded-oval shaped. The fruit is a twisted legume. Bark becomes very fissured with scaly plates when old. The tree is being removed in public places due to large thorns. It can grow up to 75′ tall and has a lifespan of more than 50 years. Its wooded habitat is bottomlands and mountain slopes and has a broad range east of the Rocky Mountains. The dried ground pulp from the fruit was used by Native Americans as a sweetener and thickener and the roasted seeds have been used as a coffee substitute.