Category: Natives to Know

Natives to Know: Michigan Oaks (Quercus, sp.)

Natives to Know: Michigan Oaks (Quercus, sp.) By Joyce Tuharsky, WORC Member A mature oak tree is magnificent organism to behold. With their wide impressive canopy and massive, often gnarled branches, oak trees can live for centuries, reaching heights of 160 feet or more. No wonder oaks have been objects of legends dating back to ancient […] Continue reading "Natives to Know: Michigan Oaks (Quercus, sp.)"

NATIVES TO KNOW: American Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)

NATIVES TO KNOW American Spicebush, Lindera benzoin By Joyce Tuharsky, WORC Member Consider spicing up your landscape with native American Spicebush, and you can spice up your morning tea as well. A deciduous shrub, Spicebush is a member of the laurel family. It grows 6–12 foot tall, has many trunks, and spreads by roots. The leaves […] Continue reading "NATIVES TO KNOW: American Spicebush (Lindera benzoin)"

Natives to Know: Hart’s Tongue Fern

Hart’s Tongue Fern, Asplenium scolopendrium L. var. americanum  By Joyce Tuharsky, WORC Member The Niagara Escarpment is a limestone ridge that stretches in a huge arc from New York through Ontario, upper Michigan, Wisconsin, and into Illinois. It was formed from lime mud deposited from corals on an ancient sea floor 430 million years ago. The ridge that […] Continue reading "Natives to Know: Hart’s Tongue Fern"