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Selected from the many species in, or historical to, the Garden.
Link on name goes to more information and photos of this plant.
A look at our only deciduous conifer. Article
The woodland path is full of light.
With maple fires returning;
The day succeeds the frosty night,
With sudden splendor burning;
The pines are black against the sky,
With shifting asters bordered,
Behind, the glowing forests lie,
In gold and scarlet broidered
"The first note of the brilliant color of the waning year is struck by the red maple, Acer rubrum, which is abundant in all stages of growth in the wild garden. Its poignant beauty persists until after the first heavy frosts. In the spring, this tree glows brilliant in fruit as well as in flower. When the maple leaves fall, the oaks begin to put on their gorgeous crowns in many shades of red, bronze, and russet brown, set off by the yellow leaves of the birch and poplars, the gleaming white stems of the birches and the dark green foliage of the tamarack. The white oaks lend a distinctive tint of a peculiarly rich mulberry red.”
Eloise Butler, 1915 Annals of the Wildlife Reserve