Trees of the Boardwalk

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As you walk around the Beaver Boardwalk, look at the trees. You may notice there are not many tree species – only six in fact. That’s characteristic of the forests that grow in the Alberta Foothills.
Black Spruce
White Spruce
Lodgepole Pine
BLACK SPRUCE
Picea mariana
A slow growing, tree with a characteristic club-like cluster of branches at the top. Often found in cold, wet areas.
WHITE SPRUCE
Picea glauca
Mature trees are 30+ metres tall and cylindrical in shape. Young trees are more conical in shape. Shade tolerant and found throughout upland forest
LODGEPOLE PINE
Pinus contorta
Prefers full sun but can be found in many environments. Easily identified by long sharp-pointed needles in bunches of two.
Balsam Poplar
BALSAM POPLAR
Populus balsamifera
Prefers moist soils and lots of light. Young trees have smooth, yellowish-grey bark that grows thick and deeply grooved with age.
Trembling Aspen
TREMBLING ASPEN
Populus tremuloides
Found in moist areas with well-drained soils. Smooth round leaves are carried on strongly flattened leaf stems, that cause the leaves to twist and flutter (tremble) in a slight breeze.
Tamarak
TAMARACK
Larix laricina
A small sized conifer that grows in fen wetlands. Green leaves in clusters of 10-20 needles that turn golden and fall from the tree in autumn.
Trees of the Boardwalk