Ecological Plant Knowledge - Natives
Field Trip Assignment / Plant ID
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Plants were photographed at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington Ontario, on October 16, 2018.
Plant #1 - Fagus grandiflora / American Beech
in the Kippax Garden at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington. The acquisition year was 2008, so this tree is probably 13 to 15 years old. The trunk circumference is 21".
American beech leaves and branches. Tree casts a dense shade.
Leaf closeup showing pointy buds and distinct serrated ; margins.
Trunk. Smooth, mottled bark of young tree.
Plant #2 - Thuja occidentalis / Eastern White Cedar
'Fastigiata'. This Eastern White Cedar is a cultivar, a narrower version of the already columnar form of the species
Detail of bark and multi-trunk.
Detail of fan-like branches with scale-like leaves. Second photo shows mature seed cones, empty now.
Plant #3 - Diervilla lonicera / Northern Bush Honeysuckle
Sprawling habit of Diervilla lonicera
Another shot showing branching. This one has not started showing its usually bright fall colours
Closeup of branch and leaves.
Plant #4 - Symphiotrichum cordifolium / Heartleaf Aster
Heartleaf aster in Kippax Garden at RBG. Growing in understory, quite shady.
Inflorescence panicle and closeup of flower
Leaf closeup. Fine hairs create a velvety feel that obscures the venation.
Branch showing leaf arrangement. The lower leaves are much larger than the upper ones.
Sketch of Fagus grandiflora
Sketch of Thuja occidentalis
Sketch of Diervilla lonicera
Sketch #1 of Symphyotrichum cordifolium
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Sketch #2 of Symphyotrichum cordifolium