Trees and Shrubs
Today's Ozark forest is mostly white oak and shortleaf pine, Missouri's only native pine species. Along the rivers sycamore and cottonwood are common, along with river birch and maples. In the understory, redbud and dogwood are abundant, putting on a spectacular show most springs. Sassafras, maples, wild viburnum, nine bark and hawthorne are also common.
Did You Know?
Ozark National Scenic Riverways was established in 1964, making it America's first national park area to protect a wild river system. More at www.nps.gov/ozar More...