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Native trees and shrubs on display

The Fishers Island Conservancy's Native Plant Demonstration Garden, located between the movie theater and the New York State Trooper's station near the Parade Grounds, highlights several of Fishers Island's native trees and shrubs and illustrates their use in a "garden" setting. The natives selected- many seen growing wild on the island- are perfectly adaptable to a more formal garden setting, and are not only every bit as "ornamental" as most of the exotic (and in many cases, invasive) trees and shrubs that are so often used in our island gardens today, but have the added bonus of supporting the island population of Lepidoptera- moths and butterflies. These Lepidoptera are critical to maintaining a healthy, diverse bird and wildlife population.

Island visitors and residents alike are encouraged to explore the site and view natives from a different perspective. While it currently showcases only a handful of the beautiful trees and shrubs that can be considered native to the region, there is plenty to inspire all gardening enthusiasts to incorporate more of these plants in our island landscape. The +/- .5 acre Demonstration Garden is managed by the Fishers Island Conservancy and maintained through the generous effort of countless volunteers.

Article written by Gerrit Goss.

Shade Trees

Botanical Name Common Name # Lepidoptera Species Supported**
Nyssa sylvatica Black Tupelo 26
Quercus bicolor Swamp White Oak 534
Tilia cordata Little Leaf Linden 149

Evergreen Trees

Botanical Name Common Name # Lepidoptera Species Supported**
Juniperus virginiana Eastern Red Cedar 42
Ilex opaca American Holly 39

Ornamental Trees

Botanical Name Common Name # Lepidoptera Species Supported**
Amelanchier canadensis Shad 124
Betula nigra Black Birch 413
Cercis canadensis Eastern Redbud 19
Cornus florida Flowering Dogwood 118
Prunus serotina (Existing) Black Cherry 456


Botanical Name Common Name # Lepidoptera Species Supported**
Clethra alnifolia Summersweet 10
Ilex glabra Inkberry 39
Ilex verticillata Winterberry 39
Myrica pensylvanica Bayberry 106
Rhododendron viscosum Swamp Azalea 51
Salix melanostachys Black Pussy Willow 456
Vaccinium corymbosum High Bush Blueberry 294
Viburnum dentatum Arrowwood 104

** As noted by Doug Tallamy in Bringing Nature Home.