|Bur Oaks in Bur Oak Canyon near McCook|
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa): If I could only plant one tree, it would be bur oak. It laughs at our weather extremes. This stand of native trees southwest of McCook attests to their tough nature.
Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis): This species provides yeoman's service to us year after year with very little love or fanfare from we humans.
|Chinkapin oak leaves|
Linden (Tilia americana): Only the worst of droughts will slow this tree down.
Osage orange (Maclura pomifera). On a hot, dry day, the shimmering glossy leaves of Osage orange are a welcome site.
Blackjack Oak (Quercus marilandica) is a medium-sized, slow growing tree deserving of much greater planting. Its unusual leaves turn a nice red in the fall.
Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii): This species is meant for the western half of our region where it can survive easily on less than 10" of annual moisture.
Boxelder maple (Acer negundo): This tree gets even less love than hackberry, yet will grow in just about any situation.
Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus): Primarily for western Nebraska, the gray-green foliage of this Xeric plant is unmistakable. Its yellow flowers are butterfly magnets in late summer.
American Hazelnut (Corylus americana) has proven to be very drought tolerant for me in Waverly. Love the apricot fall color.
Western Sandcherry (Prunus besseyi) is noted for its low, sprawling habit and light green foliage. It most definitely desires well-drained soils. Its cherry fruits are very tasty.
Clove Currant (Ribes odoratum): Though somewhat gangly as it grows, the clove currant is extremely tough and reliable and awards our efforts with very tasty fruits.
American Plum (Prunus americana): Is there anything tougher than the native wild plum?
Roughleaf Dogwood (Cornus drummondii): This large suckering species is amazingly tough and adaptable and with a nice red fall color and attractive flowers and fruit.