Falling for Ontario’s native trees

Ever wonder what kind of trees are in Ontario Parks? The Ontario Tree Atlas will tell you.  Sixty-seven (67) native trees are listed along with an Ontario map which shows where the trees grow. Photos of all the trees plus descriptions on each are also included.

 Sugar and red maples may treat us to bright oranges and reds in late September but did you know parts of Ontario feature a second colour wave? This includes the tamarack or eastern larch, a favourite among fall colour leaf peepers. Its short, green needle-like leaves become a brilliant, golden yellow in fall and because tamaracks often grow near black and white spruce, the contrast between the trees is stunning.

Ian Shanahan, a naturalist at Algonquin Provincial Park, calls this later wave “the Golden Encore” and he thinks it deserves more profile.  Here’s a link to his Park Blog post describing Algonquin’s annual ‘golden encore’.  

Looking for a fall colour vantage point? This Park blog post  will point you to some spectacular outings. If you love to hike and want a new challenge, try Mississagi Provincial Park . If a romantic fall picnic is more your style, come for the day and try one of these Ontario Parks picnic sites.

And for Ontario’s latest fall colours, check out Ontario Parks’ fall colour report