Thursday, April 10, 2008

State tree





On June 20, 1955, the flowering dogwood (Cornus Florida L.) became Missouri's official tree. The tree is small in size, rarely growing over 40 feet in height or 18 inches in diameter. The dogwood sprouts tiny greenish-yellow flowers in clusters, with each flower surrounded by four white petals. The paried, oval leaves are olive green above and covered with silvery hairs underneath. In the fall, the upper part of the leaves turns scarlet or orange and bright red fruits grow on the tree.


1 comment:

babooshka said...

Beautiful blossoms.From someone who recently gave up the sensible "day job" to be a photographer,I know exactly where your'e coming from.

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