April 08, 2012
The flowering dogwood is the Missouri State tree. It is a small deciduous tree which sprouts tiny greenish-yellow flowers in clusters, with each flower surrounded by four white petals. Bright red fruits (loved by birds) develop in autumn, and the leaves turn a deep red before falling for winter. This popular and beloved tree is usually planted around homes, near patios, or in lawns.
Arbor Day, the last Friday in April, is the date set aside in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees in Missouri. When planting, it is important to select the right tree. Proper care of the tree in its first few years of life will affect its shape, strength, and even its life span. The Liberty Branch has a large selection of books on tree identification, planting tips, the importance of mulching and watering, keys to good pruning, and even how to identify pest and disease problems.
If you are interested in making our world greener and would like information on trees that grow best in our area, visit the Library.