Urban Arboretum: Stumpery

October 20, 2022

Scroll through the gallery to learn about these unique plants. Click on the header image to return to the main page.

stump at the stumpery
The Stumpery includes stumps from multiple species that create a habitat for new plants to grow. Pictured here is the stump of a Western redcedar (Thuja plicata), surrounded by various evergreen species.
Species at Terraced Swale
Hemlocks, a type of pine, are assigned to the Tsuga genus. The hemlock tree got its name because when its needles are crushed, the smell resembles that of the plant poison hemlock. Not to fear, the hemlock pine, as with all Tsuga species, is not poisonous.
Species at the Stumpery
Tsuga heterophylla
Here you can see a western hemlock, this specimen is much smaller than that in the Urban Native Forest, which you'll see at the next stop. This young tree is growing atop a redcedar stump.
Oxalis oregana at the Stumpery
Oxalis oregana
Also known as the redwood sorrel. This species forms lush carpets along the cool floor of coastal redwood forests. It is native to the Pacific Coast of North America, from B.C. down to California.
Vaccinium ovatum at the Stumpery
Vaccinium ovatum
Also known as the evergreen huckleberry or winter huckleberry. This evergreen shrub is native to Western North America along the coastline. It’s a true huckleberry plant and produces round, edible black berries in the summer months.
Species at the Stumpery
Polypodium vacciniifolium
Look closely and you can see the fern species, Polypodium vacciniifolium, growing on the cedar stump.
Mountain hemlock at the Stumpery
Tsuga mertensiana
Also known as the mountain hemlock. This specimen is fairly young, but when mature, it can grow over 200 feet tall.