Smith Woods Old Growth Forest


Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 9:45am




Smith Woods, Trumansburg


Arieh Tal


Join Arieh Tal for a spring walk through a notable stand of local old growth forest, containing some trees as tall as 150 feet.  Smith Woods has long been considered as a special natural area by Trumansburg residents, but it is less well known by those living farther away.  Documentation of the plant species of Smith Woods, in the form of voucher specimens, is relatively scant.  So, for many of us, this will be a walk of discovery.

Meet at Smith Woods at 10 am or at CCE at 9:30 am to carpool. If you are driving directly to Smith Woods, meet at the Shur-Save parking lot adjacent to the woods.

 AS OF MAY 1st, when Arieh did a quick survey: 

Here's what people can view and enjoy (in bud or flower) for spring ephemerals:

large-flowered trillium (white), red trillium, spring beauties, trout lilies, blue cohosh, hepatica, mayapple, two-leaved toothwort, Virginia waterleaf, bloodroot. 

Plus lots of trees, some giant.


The weather was perfect, the birds were singing, the woods were lovely. The newly installed deer fence is clearly making a difference, as this is the first time in many years that Trillium have been seen flowering in any abundance. The warm weather brought out many more blooms than listed above in Arieh's preview. Here is what we saw within the bounderies of the fenced property:


Trees and shrubs



Acer pensylvanicum

moosewood  (striped maple)


Acer negundo

box elder


Acer rubrum

red maple


Acer saccharum

sugar maple


Berberis thunbergii

Japanese barberry


Betula alleghaniensis

yellow birch


Betula lenta

Black birch


Carya cordiformis

bitternut hickory


Carya ovata

shagbark hickory


Fagus grandifolia

American beech


Fraxinus americana

white ash


Hamamelis virginiana



Liriodendron tulipifera

tulip tree (yellow poplar)


Magnolia acuminata

cucumber magnolia


Ostrya virginiana

hop hornbeam


Pinus strobus

white pine


Prunus serotina

Black cherry


Quercus alba

white oak


Quercus rubra

northern red oak


Rosa multiflora

multiflora rose


Tilia americana



Tsuga canadensis

eastern hemlock





Ferns and fern allies



Athyrium angustum

northern lady fern


Dryopteris intermedia

intermediate wood fern


Equisetum arvense

field or common horsetail


Polystichum acrostichoides

Christmas fern





Non-woody flowering species



Actaea rubra

red baneberry


Agrimonia gryposepala

common agrimony


Arisaema triphyllum



Asarum canadense

wild ginger


Cardamine diphylla

two-leaved toothwort

in bud

Caulophyllum giganteum

giant cohosh


Claytonia virginiana

narrow-leaved spring beauty


Epifagus virginiana

beech drops


Erythronium americanum

trout lily


Eurybia divaricata

white wood aster


Geranium maculatum

wild geranium


Geranium robertianum

herb Robert


Geum canadense

white avens


Hepatica acutiloba

"hepatica, sharp lobed"


Hesperis matronalis

dame's rocket


Hydrophyllum virginianum

Virginia waterleaf


Impatiens capensis

"jewelweed, touch-me-not"


Maianthemum canadense

Canada Mayflower


Maianthemum racemosum

"false Solomon’s seal, Solomon’s plume"


Podophyllum peltatum


in bud

Polygonatum pubescens

downy Solomon’s seal

in bud

Ranunculus abortivus

kidney-leaved buttercup


Rubus occidentalis

black raspberry


Sambucus racemosa

red elderberry


Sanguinaria canadensis



Tiarella cordifolia


in bud

Trillium erectum

red trillium


Trillium erectum forma albiflorum

creamy-white form of red trillium (red fruit)


Trillium grandiflorum

large-flowered white trillium


Vinca minor

"periwinkle, myrtle"