Successional Forest


This list was compiled in September, 2011.  The forest is on a steep northern hillside, bordered by a stream at its base as well as the House and Yard, and the Front Meadow.  It extends from the Hemlock - Red oak forest on the east the length of the property to the boundary on the west.  On its north, it is bordered by the Red Oak - Mixed Hardwood Forest.

It is approximately 8 - 10 acres in size.  It was originally a grassy hillside used as a pasture.  Over the years, it grew up, first, largely in elms, which have mostly died.  Also emerging were a variety of other local species.  For the past 3 - 4 years, we have been actively managing the forest to release desirable species and to introduce additional species consistent with local plant communities to increase diversity and interest.

The current list is partial.  We will continue to add to the list as new varieties are observed and identified.  The list is currently maintained as an excel spreadsheet, but we hope to extend it to a database format.

Common Name Biological Name
1 Boxelder Acer negundo
2 Sugar Maple Acer saccharum
3 Serviceberry Amelanchier arborea
4 Japanese Barberry Berberis thunbergii
5 Shagbark Hickory Carya ovata
6 Oriental Bitterweet Celastrus orbiculatus
7 Redbud Cercis canadensis
8 Old Man's Beard Clematis virginiana
9 Alternate-leaved Dogwood Cornus alternifolia
10 Flowering Dogwood Cornus florida
11 Gray Dogwood Cornus racemosa
12 Autumn Olive Elaeagnus umbellata
13 Green Ash Fraxinus pennsylvanica
14 Witchhazel Hamamelis virginiana
15 Butternut Juglans cinerea
16 Black Walnut Juglans nigra
17 Privet
18 Spicebush Lindera benzoin
19 Tartarian Honeysuckle Lonicera tatarica
20 Wild Apple Malus sylvestri
21 Mulberry Morus
22 Hophornbeam Ostrya virginiana
23 Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia
24 Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus
25 Bird Cherry Prunus avium
26 Black Cherry Prunus serotina
27 Chokecherry Prunus virginiana
28 Northern Red Oak Quercus alba
29 White Oak Quercus rubra
30 Smooth Sumac Rhus glabra
31 Black Locust Robinia pseudo-acacia
32 Multiflora Rose Rosa Multiflora
33 Fragrant Thimbleberry Rubus odoratus
34 American Elder Sambucus canadensi
35 Scarlet Elde Sambucus canadensis
36 Sassafras Sassafras albidum
37 Greenbriar Smilax  
38 Poison Ivy Toxicodendron radicans
39 American Elm Ulmus americana
40 Nannyberry Viburnum lentago
41 American Cranberry Viburnum trilobum
42 Wild Grape Vitis spp.

September 20, 2011