Royal Gorge, Kitsuma Trail, Pisgah Nat'l Forest, NC

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Re: Royal Gorge, Kitsuma Trail, Pisgah Nat'l Forest, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Jan 07, 2020 10:20 am

I got into a couple of coves off Swannannoa Creek and did some measuring. The first one is one that I'd visited after finding the 180' tulip across the stream and and uphill a ways. The tulips in the cove were unimpressive in comparison but they were still rather tall. Having dismissed them a little too quickly, I decided to revisit the cove. Walnuts dominate along the trickle of a stream in the cove. It has an old homesite so that is no surprise. One walnut made it into a side cove and was the only one of height. Tulips thoroughly dominate the cove.

Lirio tulip
154.7' 147.7' 146.6' 146.4'

Juglans nigra

Quercus rubra

Across the stream from the cove lies a low bluff with southerly facing tulips. These reach surprising heights, considering the exposure.

Lirio tulip
152.5' 143.4' 140.5'

Plat occid

The other cove I explored contains very young trees. One hit 148' several years ago at an age I guessed was in the mid 30s. At roughly 40 years, this grove is growing very quickly. I'd hoped the tulips up higher in the cove would be taller but they're still doing quite well and the cove has greater diversity than I'd originally assumed.

Lirio tulip
152.0' 147.1' 145.9' 144.7' 140.3'

Carya glabra

Acer rubrum

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