Plant of the Month

November 2021

Common Witchhazel

Hamamelis virginiana

Native perennial understory tree; sometimes written as Witch Hazel

Forgiving of poor soil conditions but doesn’t like extremely dry soil

Part shade to shade

Bird attractor

Beautiful fall foliage and thread-like winter blooms make this a tree worth having!

The unusual blossoms appear in late fall and continue into winter


Have you seen Common Witchhazel on the Greenway? Please let us know where.


October 2021

Red Chokeberry

Aronia arbutifolia

Native perennial shrub

Can handle damp or dry soils as long as they are well drained

Full sun to part shade

Deer resistant

Bird and pollinator attractor

Particularly good for winter interest and as a food source for migrating birds!

Fruits appear in late summer and can persist through winter


Have you seen Red Chokeberry on the Greenway? Please let us know where.


September 2021

Ironweed

Vernonia noveboracensis

Native perennial

Prefers moist rich soils, full sun

Deer resistant

Bird and pollinator attractor

Specialist pollinator:
The long-horned bee (Melissodes denticulatus)

Blooms here August into Fall

Have you seen Ironweed on the Greenway? Please let us know where.