Trees and Shrubs
Since 70% of the park is forested, it is no surprise that a wide variety of tree and shrub species occur here. Chestnut oak (Quercus prinus) is usually the dominant tree in the forest canopy on rocky soils of higher ridges such as MarylandHeights. Black oak (Quercus velutina) is also important on south, west, and east-facing slopes. Northern red oak (Quercus rubra) is found with chestnut oak on rocky, north-facing slopes, where eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) was formerly prominent [see Pest subheading]. Red maple (Acer rubrum), black gum (Nyssa sylvatica), and flowering dogwood (Cornus florida) are frequent understory trees, while mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), black huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata), Blue Ridge blueberries (Vaccinium pallidum)and deerberry (V. stamineum), and mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium) are common shrubs.
Did You Know?
Don Redman, "the little giant of Jazz," graduated from Storer College in 1920. Until his death in 1964, Redman continued to have a profound influence on the evolution, direction and development of this uniquely American art form.