The seaside alder is one of the state’s most unique leafy treasures.
BESIDE STREAMS THAT cut through the rolling hills of southern Oklahoma sits one of the rarest varieties of tree in the world. The Oklahoma seaside alder—or Alnus maritima oklahomensis—is a subspecies of a plant that spread across most of North America several million years ago but now is found only in three regions: southern Oklahoma, the Georgia swamps, and the Delmarva Peninsula in the Northeast.
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