Minute Man National Historical Park supports a variety of vegetation types, including forests, fields, shrublands, ponds, wetlands, and developed areas. In addition, the park supports several types of wetlands, including forested wetlands, seasonal ponds, swamps, bogs, and emergent wetlands. Approximately 250 species of plants have been documented in the park, including 29 native trees, 27 native shrubs, over 100 native herbs, a variety of grasses, and more than 70 non-native species. Dominant trees include sugar maple (Acer saccharum), silver maple (Acer saccharinum), white oak (Quercus alba), and American beech (Fagus grandifolia). Dominant shrubs at the park are mostly non-native species, including European buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and Morrow bush honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii).
Did You Know?
The first monument at the North Bridge site was dedicated on July 4th, 1837. "The Concord Hymn," written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was sung during the ceremony, and thus the phrase "the shot heard round the world" was linked with the North Bridge fight for the first time. Henry David Thoreau sang in the choir.