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native RI tree species

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  • 58118_88_88 Plantae > Sapindaceae

    Acer rubrum

    Red Maple

    Throughout the fall, the Red Maple's leaves flush a vibrant reddish orange. Why are the leaves this color and not a lighter or more muted color? Does this have anything to with the original color of the leaves or the health of the plant?

  • 38538_88_88 Plantae > Sapindaceae

    Acer saccharum

    Sugar Maple

    The Sugar Maple produces a great quantity of sap at once. Does the tree specifically take in more water at once or does its genetics tell it to store more water over the winter? If so, why is the not in the genes of all maple trees?

  • 64070_88_88 Plantae > Betulaceae

    Betula nigra

    River Birch

    Since the tree is called the River Birch, one would expect that it grows nears rivers. Why would this tree mainly populate river areas? Is it a need for more water and nutrients, or just simply seed distribution by water?

  • 45309_88_88 Plantae > Ulmaceae

    Ulmus americana

    American Elm

    Why would the Native Americans use the American Elm for canoes as apposed to another hard wood? I think the reason that the Native Americans and settlers used the American Elm for many purposes in because of its natural frequency and unusually wide, straight trunks.

  • 63275_88_88 Plantae > Fagaceae

    Castanea dentata

    American Chestnut

    In my opinion, the chestnuts do not require as much protection as the are given by the seed pods. Any predator who is interested in consuming the chestnuts has adapted to break through the pod and therefore cancels out the protection the pod provides.