HCP's Pocket Wetland Special Features
Surrounding Trees
-Box Elder (Acer negundo):
This tree can grow up to 20 m tall and the trunk quickly divides into spreading branches
Leaves are compound with 3 or 5 leaflets
Box Elders grow in moist, especially alluvial soil
These trees provide shade and birds and squirrels feed on the seeds
Box Elder compound leaves,
Photo by Madeleine DeManche
-Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina):
o Can be a small tree or a tall shrub up to 10 m tall
o Branches resemble the antlers of a deer
o Has broad, flat, pinnately compound leaves
o Yellow-green flowers are followed by fuzzy, red
berries that cluster at the end of branches and last
throughout the winter
o They usually grow in dry soils and are found to be drought tolerant, making them an unusual find adjacent to a wetland
Staghorn Sumac branch (Left)
Staghorn Sumac fruit, (Below)
Photos by Madeleine DeManche

-Butternut (Juglans cinerea):
o This tree can grow up to 30 m tall
o Bark is grayish brown with smooth ridges
o Leaves are pinnate with 11-17 leaflets
o Flowers are inconspicuous and yellow-green in color
Butternut leaves,
Photo by Juliet Kaye
Butternut “U-shaped” leaf scar, Photo by Juliet Kaye
Other Plants Around
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