Forest Trees of Illinois

Forest Trees of Illinois

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Excerpt: ... the staminate flowers are about 2 inches long; the spikes of the pistillate flowers are about half as long and stand on short stalks. The fruit is dark red or black, and resembles a blackberry; however, a stalk extends through it centrally, and it is longer and narrower. The fruit is sweet and edible and greatly relished by birds and various animals. The wood is rather light, soft, not strong, light orange-yellow, very durable in contact with the soil. It is chiefly used for fence posts. The tree might be planted for this purpose and to furnish food for birds. The white mulberry, Morus alba L., is a native of China, where its leaves are the chief food of the silkworm. Several varieties are planted for ornamental purposes. Its leaves are broad and smooth; its fruit is long, white, sweet, and insipid. A variety, under the name of the Russian mulberry, Morus alba var. tatarica Loudon, has been introduced into this country and has been cultivated for its fruit. This fruit varies from creamy white to violet and almost black. 39 CUCUMBER MAGNOLIA Magnolia acuminata L. T HE cucumber magnolia attains an average height of 40 to 80 feet and a diameter of 1 to 2 feet. It occurs singly among other hardwood trees throughout the richer, cooler north slopes and bottom lands of southern Illinois, in Union, Johnson, Pope, Alexander and Pulaski counties. CUCUMBER MAGNOLIA Leaf, one-third natural size. Twig, two-thirds natural size. The bark is aromatic and bitter; that of the young twigs is a lustrous red-brown, while the bark of the trunk is rather thin, dark brown, furrowed and broken into thin scales. The leaves are alternate, oblong, short-pointed, rounded at the base, silky, hairy when unfolding, later smooth or slightly silky, 6 to 10 inches long, 4 to 6 inches wide, often with wavy edges, dark green above, lighter beneath. The flowers are single, largeshow more

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 77g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236726677
  • 9781236726674