The most common pine tree in East Texas, the loblolly is most often found in low-lying swampy areas and grows to over 100 feet. Its smaller cousin, the shortleaf pine, is found in drier areas.
Caddo Lake, on the border of Louisiana, is home to one of the largest cypress forests in the world. Its knobby “knees,” which branch off the root system and grow above water, are thought to stabilize the trees in the swampy ground.
Neither a moss nor a lichen, this is actually a flowering plant that prefers to grow on live oaks and cedar trees, which provide it with high levels of nutrients.
So common are these hardwood trees in the Pineywoods that Palestine hosts an annual celebration when their signature white flowers bloom, in late March and early April.
Also called purple poppy mallow, the white, pink or purple flowers bloom
March through June.
These berries turn a bright magenta color when they’re ripe and ready to eat in late summer and fall. The bushes grow three to five feet.