April Showers Bring Brewster Flowers

BCT Land Stewardship Coordinator, Jon Bruce put together a list of early bloomers that one might see while out hiking on one of BCT’s properties.

List of native plants flowering found at Eddy Sisters, Eddy Bay, and No Bottom Pond

Red Maple (Acer Rubrum) can be found any where but easy spotted at Eddy Sisters https://www.ecosia.org/images?q=red%20maple%20flowers



Willow found at No Bottom Pond—Jon couldn’t determine the exact species, but it’s either pussy willow (Salix discolor) https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/salix/discolor/?pile=woody-angiosperms Or long-beaked willow (Salix bebbiana) https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/salix/bebbiana/


Highbush Blueberry (Vacciniumcorymbosum) extremely common and found on almost all our properties. https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/vaccinium/corymbosum/

Lowbush blueberry (Vacciniumangustifolium) really common as well. You can find it at Bakers Pond, and NBP as low shrub layer.  The flowers are small, and if they haven’t bloomed yet, they will within a few days

Common Strawberry (Fragariavirginiana)  Jon wasn’t able to spot any flowers yet but it’s present at Windmill Meadows, Quivett Marsh, and Eddy Sisters. It’s a low growing groundcover, so look down! https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/fragaria/virginiana/


Black Cherry Tree (Prunus serotina) Jon wasn’t able to spot any cherry trees blooming yet but they will. They are present at all of our forested properties. There is a Sweet Cherry blooming along the trail at Eddy Sisters near the stone wall, but that’s an introduced species. https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/prunus/serotina/

Here are some that should be blooming really soon

Canada Mayflower (Maianthemumcanadense) found at Eddy Sisters and Eddy Bay




American Holly Trees (Illex opaca) at Eddy Bay. White flowers should be appearing within the next few weeks.



Smooth Arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum) at Eddy Bay. Planted right along the entrance https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/viburnum/dentatum/


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