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Scrub Oak Shrubland

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Overview

A shrubland dominated by scrub oak, with essentially no pitch pine, although within pitch pine - scrub oak areas.

Scrub oak shrublands occur within pitch pine/scrub oak communities, particularly in frost bottoms and frost pockets, and on ridge tops near ridge top pitch pine/scrub oak communities. They are part of a mosaic in space and time of grassland and heathland openings, shrublands, pitch pine/scrub oak communities, and oak/pine forest. The shrublands are to some extent maintained by late spring and early fall frosts damaging more susceptible competing tree species.

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 Scrub Oak Shrubland natural community page.

 

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Species Name

scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)

dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)

pitch pine (Pinus rigida)

red oak (Quercus rubra)

black oak (Quercus velutina)

gray birch (Betula populifolia)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)

low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)

hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)

black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)

sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)

sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

little bluestem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)

poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)

cow wheat (Melampyrum lineare)

bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)

bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

 

scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
dwarf chinquapin oak (Quercus prinoides)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
pitch pine (Pinus rigida)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
red oak (Quercus rubra)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
black oak (Quercus velutina)
gray birch (Betula populifolia)
gray birch (Betula populifolia)
gray birch (Betula populifolia)
gray birch (Betula populifolia)
quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)
huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
huckleberry (Gaylussacia baccata)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)
low bush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium)     
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
hillside blueberry (Vaccinium pallidum)
black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
black chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sheep laurel (Kalmia angustifolia)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)
sweet fern (Comptonia peregrina)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
little blue stem grass (Schizachyrium scoparium)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
poverty grass (Danthonia spicata)
cow wheat (Melampyrum lineare)
cow wheat (Melampyrum lineare)
cow wheat (Melampyrum lineare)
cow wheat (Melampyrum lineare)
bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)