OAK-HICKORY and BEECH-MAPLE FORESTS
Source: Photograph courtesy of Randy Schaetzl, Professor of Geography -
Michigan State University
Source: Photograph courtesy of Randy Schaetzl, Professor of Geography - Michigan State University
Woodlands of southern Michigan that are dominated by beech and sugar maple contain more plant species than do their dry-site counterparts. Most common on soils of heavier texture (loams) that are not excessively drained, these species are often found with red oak, basswood, white ash, tulip tree, black cherry, black walnut, and bitternut hickory. Although beech-maple stands share some dominants (black cherry, red oak, white oak) with oak-hickory stands, they have a more luxuriant aspect during the period of summer foliage.
Parts of the text on this page have been modified from L.M. Sommers' book entitled, "Michigan: A Geography".
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