Oak Tree at Stateline Woods

Oak Tree at Stateline Woods

For those of you who have visited our Stateline Woods Preserve, you have noticed the 200+ year old oak tree in our parking lot that is surrounded by a post and rail fence.  The reason for the fencing is to protect the roots of the tree from cars driving on it.  In the  fall of 2011, Astra Zeneca employees came out to Stateline Woods and planted 380 plugs of grasses and wildflowers within the fenced in area surrounding the oak tree.  Most of the plants have spread, and we are developing a nice wildflower area under the oak tree.  The plants shown blooming in the photograph are: Monarda fistulosa (Wild Bergamot) and Helianthus divaricatus (Woodland Sunflower).  Some of the grasses in the foreground of the photograph were also planted during that time: Elymus virginicus (VA Wild Rye) and Eragrostis spectabilis (Purple Lovegrass).  In the background are the tops of the late blooming Solidago caesia (Blue-stemmed Goldenrod). 

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