Post_3_-_Hemlock.pngThe evergreen tree in front of you to the left (as you face the sign) is an Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis). Hemlock is one of only a few needle-leaved conifers found in the Carolinian region.  It needs cool, damp habitats for healthy growth and is usually found on shaded, north facing slopes and in cool lowlands like the area below you.Post_3_-_Tulip_Leaf.png

Now look in front of you to the right. This tree has a tall straight trunk rising almost 15 m into the canopy before it has any branches. You are observing one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Tulip Tree (Liriodendron tulipifera). Joany’s Woods is near the northern limit of the distribution for this species. The trees need warm, well drained soil, a mild climate, good light and shelter to grow quickly and reach the canopy.  Note the unusual colour and pattern on the bark of this tree and watch for more.