THE BORDER LIFE



Checklist of Common Large           Native Coastal Trees of

Southeastern Vancouver Island

British Columbia

 

  

         

BEECH FAMILY

__Garry Oak - Quercus garryana 


BIRCH FAMILY - BETULACEAE

__Red Alder - Alnus rubra 


CYPRESS FAMILY - CUPRESSACEAE 

__Western Redcedar - Thuja plicata 


DOGWOOD FAMILY - CORNACEAE

__Pacific Dogwood - Cornus nuttallii




MAPLE FAMILY - ACERACAE

__Bigleaf Maple - Acer macrophyllum 


PINE FAMILY - PINACEAE

__Douglas Fir - Pseudotsuga menziesii ssp. menziesii

__Western Hemlock - Tsuga heterophylla

__Grand Fir - Abies grandis

__Sitka Spruce - Picea sitchensis

__Western White Pine - Pinus monticola

__Shore Pine - Pinus contorta (var. contorta)


RHODODENDRON FAMILY

__Arbutus - Arbutus menziesii


ROSE FAMILY - ROSASEAE

__Pacific Crab Apple - Malus fusca 

__Bitter Cherry - Prunus emarginata

__Black Hawthorn - Crataegus douglasii 


WILLOW FAMILY - SALICACEAE

__Trembling Aspen - Populus tremuloides

__Black Cottonwood - Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa


YEW FAMILY - TAXACEAE

__Western Yew - Taxus brevifolia 


* I prepared this tree check list while hiking the coastal forests of Eastern Vancouver Island, from Victoria in the south to Campbell River in the north.  This list does not include smaller species that might be considered shrubs, averaging less than five meters in height and displaying multiple trunks.  The eighteen species of common large native trees listed here cover  99% of the individual large trees one would find in low elevation coastal forests.   Riverdave Owen - December 2010


Other sources: 


Pojar and MacKinnon. 1994. Plants of Coastal British Columbia. Lone Pine Publishing, Vancouver, BC


Tree Book: Learning to Recognize Trees of British Columbia. 2008. WildBC - an excellent free online resource at www.wildbc.org


Photo by RIverdave:  Mt. Douglas Park,  Saanich,  British Columbia