Category Archives: Mountain Tree of the Month

GSMNP White Basswood

Tilia americana L. var. heterophylla DESCRIPTION Shade Tolerance = Tolerant Soil Moisture Niche = Moist Sites Vertical Preference = Canopy Basswood has large heart-shaped leaves. So do red mulberry and Eastern redbud, but they are uncommon in the Park, occurring … Continue reading

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GSMNP Eastern Hemlock

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) DESCRIPTION Shade Tolerance = Very Tolerant Soil Moisture Niche = Moist Acidic Sites Vertical Preference = Canopy Evergreen boughs and pine-like bark make this conifer easy to identify. Large hemlocks with high foliage can sometimes be … Continue reading

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GSMNP Green Ash

Fraxinus pennsylvanica DESCRIPTION Shade Tolerance = Intermediate Soil Moisture Niche = Moist Sites Vertical Preference = Dispersed Canopy Both green and white ash have opposite compound leaves. Hickories, black walnut, mountain ash and black locust also have compound leaves, but … Continue reading

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