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Oak - Hickory Forest

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A somewhat enriched hardwood forest dominated by a mixture of oaks with hickories mixed in at a lower density.

Oak - Hickory Forest is a somewhat enriched hardwood forest dominated by a mixture of oaks with hickories mixed in at a lower density. They occur on well drained sites, such as ridgetops or slopes, often with southwest, south, or southeast facing aspects. The canopy is closed to interrupted (~67% cover), the shrub layer diverse with dense patches, and the herbaceous layer diverse but scattered. The duff layer may be deep with undecomposed oak leaves.

 

Photos credit to salicicola.com (unless otherwise noted). Natural communities information extracted from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP). NHESP's Oak-Hickory Forest natural community page.

 

SEMPBA Archives: Oak-Hickory Forest

 

Species Name
red oak (Quercus rubra)
white oak (Quercus alba)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
chestnut oak (Quercus montana)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
black birch (Betula lenta)
sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
white pine (Pinus strobus)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida)
downy shadbush (Amelanchier arborea)
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
gray dogwood (Swida racemosa)
silverrod (Solidago bicolor)
cluster-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
panicled tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
rattlesnake weed (Hieracium venosum)
false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
long-beaked Pennsylvania sedge (Carex lucorum)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
white oak (Quercus alba)
white oak (Quercus alba)
white oak (Quercus alba)
white oak (Quercus alba)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea)
chestnut oak (Quercus montana)
chestnut oak (Quercus montana)
chestnut oak (Quercus montana)
chestnut oak (Quercus montana)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
mockernut hickory (Carya tomentosa)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
pignut hickory (Carya glabra)
bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
white ash (Fraxinus americana)
black birch (Betula lenta)
black birch (Betula lenta)
black birch (Betula lenta)
black birch (Betula lenta)
sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
sassafras (Sassafras albidum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
red maple (Acer rubrum)
white pine (Pinus strobus)
white pine (Pinus strobus)
white pine (Pinus strobus)
white pine (Pinus strobus)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
hop hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida)
flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida)
flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida)
flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida)
flowering dogwood (Benthamidia florida)

downy shadbush (Amelanchier arborea)

Photo credit: By Dcrjsr - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18773162

downy shadbush (Amelanchier arborea)

Photo credit: By Dcrjsr - Own work, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19182422

American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
American chestnut (Castanea dentata)
witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
witch-hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium)
lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
American hazelnut (Corylus americana)
gray dogwood (Swida racemosa)
gray dogwood (Swida racemosa)
gray dogwood (Swida racemosa)
gray dogwood (Swida racemosa)
silverrod (Solidago bicolor)
silverrod (Solidago bicolor)
silverrod (Solidago bicolor)
silverrod (Solidago bicolor)
cluster-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
cluster-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
cluster-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
cluster-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)
panicled tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
panicled tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
panicled tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
panicled tick-trefoil (Desmodium paniculatum)
wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
rattlesnake weed (Hieracium venosum)
rattlesnake weed (Hieracium venosum)
rattlesnake weed (Hieracium venosum)
rattlesnake weed (Hieracium venosum)

false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Photo credit: By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26750451

false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Photo credit: By Walter Siegmund (talk) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4517468

false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum)

Photo credit: By Jaknouse - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6984377

pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
pink lady's slipper (Cypripedium acaule)
long-beaked Pennsylvania sedge (Carex lucorum)
long-beaked Pennsylvania sedge (Carex lucorum)
long-beaked Pennsylvania sedge (Carex lucorum)
long-beaked Pennsylvania sedge (Carex lucorum)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)