Common Trees of the Missouri River Bottom

Leafless Tree Guide to Trees of the MO River Bottom

Goal: To provide an engaging, hands-on experience for students beginning to learn about Missouri River floodplain trees. It is not designed as a foolproof taxonomic tree ID guide.

Audience: Elementary through High School Students

To download directly visit: MOSpace Institutional Repository. 

While the trees included in this guide can be found in many Missouri River floodplain forests, the list is not exhaustive for all locations. Many Missouri River floodplain trees can be very tall with leaves out of reach; as such, we formatted this guide to focus on bark providing the most direct identifier for the student.

Tree bark is at the student level! Because many guides focus on leaves and stems to identify trees, we understand that this is a unique approach to learning tree species.

Big Muddy Thank You

Thank you to those who made this guide possible.

  • Kevin Tosie
  • Felicity Dykas – University of Missouri



  • Leif Nordstrom
  • Ann Koenig – Missouri Department of Conservation

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