Thanks to the 10 Million Trees for PA project, Colonial Canopy Trees received 175 trees and shrubs to plant along streams in Plymouth and Whitemarsh townships.
These water-loving native plants were planted in riparian zones to help stabilize streambanks, filter and reduce sediment from stormwater runoff, and improve stream water quality. They also add great wildlife value.
Our planting list consisted of 25 of each species below:
- Red Twig Dogwood (Cornus sericea)
- Silky Dogwood (Cornus amomum)
- Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)
- Sandbar Willow (Salix interior)
- River Birch (Betula nigra)
- Arrowwood Viburnum (Viburnum dentatum)
- Witch-Hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Here’s a breakdown of where the trees and shrubs were planted:
- Harriet-Wetherill Park, along creek: 34 plants.
- McCarthy Retention Basin in low-lying outflow area, Whitemarsh: 56 plants.
- Parcel opposite Mather Mill, Whitemarsh Township, along stream: 16 plants.
- Koontz Park in stormwater basin, Whitemarsh Township: 16 plants.
- Bicentennial Park along Sawmill Run creek: 34 plants.
- Sandwood Park in water runoff area: 8 plants.
- Private property in Plymouth Township along stream: 21 plants.
These trees were received as bare-root whips. They are planted in the ground in areas with wet soil, and are staked and enclosed in a tube. The tube lets light through while protecting the small sapling from deer or animal browse. The tubes are topped with a netting that prevents birds from entering or getting trapped.
Over time as these trees grow, their roots will stabilize the soil along the streams and help prevent soil erosion. Since these are native species, our insects and wildlife will utilize them for food, nectar and shelter. As trees outgrow their tubes, we will replace them with appropriate fencing or bark-guards. The survival rates of these trees vary on a number of factors, but we are hopeful that at least 75% will be remaining after 3 years.
If you notice any issues with the tubes at these locations, please let us know by emailing ColonialCanopy@gmail.com.
We’d like to thank Plymouth and Whitemarsh Townships for helping us find appropriate locations to plant these trees and shrubs, and for working with us to restore our area’s riparian zones!