The TBS group met at the entrance to the historic (1892) Lambert Castle and started the trip by examining the building foundation plantings and the trees adjacent to the walkways and parking lot. The larger trees in the adjacent area included red oak (Quercus rubra), pin oak (Q. palustris), tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera), European beech (Fagus sylvatica), eastern hemlock (Tsuga canadensis), and white mulberry (Morus alba); the latter originally introduced for the silk industry. An adjacent depression contained a vernal pond wetland community with pin oak, red maple (Acer rubrum), and sour gum (Nyssa syhatica) trees along with the shrub black highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) and an unidentified species of sedge (Carex sp.) found growing in the shallow water.
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