Tag Archive | Tree

Beechdrops at the Morgan Arboretum

Beechdrops at the Morgan Arboretum

Physical Description Beechdrops (Epifagus virginiana) are annual flowering plants which parasitize beech tree roots all over Eastern North America. They completely lack chlorophyll and have smooth, brownish stems and branches that reach a height of about 30cm (Musselman, 1982).  During our own observations, they were very easy to miss under all the autumn leaf litter, […]

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

The eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) is a long-lived coniferous tree native to eastern North America. It is shade tolerant and has a high moisture requirement for establishment. Hemlock trees are important parts of northeastern forest ecosystems. Recent declines in the vitality of hemlock populations due to invasive pests pose a serious threat to the future […]

American Beech Tree (Fagus grandifolia)

American Beech Tree (Fagus grandifolia)

General Natural History The American Beech tree (Fagus grandifolia) is a deciduous hardwood tree, native to eastern North America. Its habitat ranges in Canada from Nova Scotia to southern Ontario, and in the United-States from its western limit of Illinois, south to northern Florida (Forrester, McGee & Mitchel 2003). Although, it may have a wide […]