Trees of South Dakota

THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION …Proper tree identification is an important aspect for mushroom hunters. I will be compiling a list of the most popular trees in my surrounding area along with the major genus of mushrooms that are common with each species. If you want to identify a mushroom found in South Dakota please start on the main mycology page:

Eastern Redcedar
Juniperus virginiana

Habitat: dry soils, open hillsides, wet swampy areas, sun
Notes: one of the craziest mushrooms Gymnosporangium juniperi-virginianae (cedar apple rust) grows on this tree. The blue berries are actually cones.

Bur Oak
Quercus Macrocarpa

Habitat: deep rich soils, drought and shade tolerant
Notes: The oak trees at Good Earth, SD are all covered in, what I originally assumed was, a spherical parasitic mushroom. Turns out these little balls are called “oak galls” and are homes for wasp larvae. Cool.