Van Lone Hill Loop Trail

Learned that witch hazel is kind of small, has shiny forest green leaves that (i think) were pretty ridgy. Beech trees have really smooth bark--it's usually what people carve their names into (ugh). Beech trees like sun and they don't grow very big in the Northeast, but I will probably find very big ones in West Virginia. They also have very big/long buds. Cherry trees look a lot like Beech trees but have slightly smaller leaves and their bark has razor cuts. Hemlock trees like shade. Sugar maples have five lobes on their leaves (s u g a r) and red maples have three lobes (r e d) and striped maples have 3 (I think) but also have distinct black and green striped bark. Also, maple trees have opposite branching, which means that the side branches grow directly opposite each other. Skunk cabbage usually grows in very wet places. Norway spruces self-prune: they cut off life to their lower branches as they grow. When forests become dense, they know that the lower branches aren't getting a lot of sun so they are basically deadweight to the tree. So they stop giving them water and just curate the tops of the trees. Very cool. Butterflies cannot get all of their nutrients from flowers, so they have to get it from poop or puddles (?) or leaves. Jack-in-the-pulpits are these really cute little plants that have a little hidden dark bulb. Violets aren't always violet. Christmas ferns are called that because they are the only fern that is still alive w/ leaves around Christmas. Woodland ferns are your average ferns. They actually unfurl!!! Like fernunfurling. Trillium are really common and they have really pretty flowers--white or red (but look dark purple). Shag bark hickory are really shaggy--go with my gut when something is REALLY shaggy, it is definitely shag bark hickory. White pines have bunches of five needles. Black walnuts and hickory (?) have really think branches because they are hefty trees. May apples look like little umbrella plants and are only really around in April/May. New York only has one native lizard. Chestnut blight wiped out almost all the Chestnut trees--used to be 25% of all the trees in the Northeast! But now you rarely ever see Chestnut trees that are very big. They started breeding them with Asian chestnut trees bc they are resistant to the blight.

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