Trees and Shrubs

an open valley with shrubs and trees, and a sharp cliffside on the right
Ponderosa pines are the most common tree in the Black Hills, but many other plants are found in wetter areas.

NPS Photo / Charlie Baker

The Black Hills were given their name due to the ponderosa pine forests that cover most of the hills and peaks. From the distant prairie, the mountains look very dark. "Black Hills" is a translation of the Lakota name given to the area, Paha Sapa. Ponderosas are by far the most common tree in the hills, but other woody plants call the area home, particularly in wetter areas such as near creekbeds and streams. Wind Cave hosts a surprising diversity of trees and shrubs once you take a closer look.

The gallery below contains photos and information on trees, shrubs, and other woody plants found in Wind Cave.

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Last updated: November 7, 2020

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