This area is dominated by tulip poplars, fairly fast growing trees
that rise tall, arrow-straight and branchless for many feet.
In May, tulip poplars have
large, cup-shaped flowers that contain a drop of nectar to attract
pollinating insects. Leaves turn a beautiful yellow in autumn.
The forest floor
is open and spacious here, but the flowering plants that are
present are mostly species not native to Maryland. They include
Japanese honeysuckle and mutliflora rose. Such "exotic"
plants often out-compete uncommon native species and may negatively
affect ecological processes of the forest.