Greenwich Land Trust on Hillside Drive

Hillside Drive, Greenwich, Fairfield County, Connecticut


10/19/2005.  I get the idea that few people visit this piece of land.  There are no real trails.  There are some rough ways one can go for a short distance, but they are soon blocked by the porcelainberry vines and/or the wetlands (a red maple swamp).  We had to bushwhack a bit in an attempt to see ore of the land in order to get a better plant list, but it was ultimately futile.  The combination of multiflora rose, Morrow's honeysuckle, Asiatic bittersweet and porcelainberry was pretty discouraging.  The porcelain berry in the non-wetlands (which is very small) is taking over.  It has killed some of its fellow invasive competitors by climbing all over the top of these other species.  It is, for instance, outcompeting Morrow's honeysuckle and multiflora rose,.   Dr. Patrick L. Cooney.   

Dr. Patrick Cooney

*  = plant blooming on date of field trip, 10/19/2005

Acer platanoides (Norway maple)
Acer rubrum (red maple)
Acer saccharum (sugar maple)
Fraxinus americana (white ash)
Robinia pseudoacacia (black locust)
Tilia americana (American basswood)
Ulmus americana (American elm)

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)
Cornus amomum (swamp dogwood)
Euonymus alatus (winged euonymus)
Lonicera morrowii (Morrow's honeysuckle)
Pachysandra terminalis (pachysandra)
Rosa multiflora (multiflora rose)
Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)
Rubus phoenicolasius (wineberry)
Viburnum dentatum (arrowwood viburnum)
Viburnum sieboldii (Siebold's viburnum)

Ampelopsis brevipedunculata (porcelain berry)  --  taking over the upland part of the land
Calystegia sepium (false climbing hempweed)
Celastrus orbiculatus (Asiatic bittersweet)
Hedera helix (English ivy)
Lonicera japonica (Japanese honeysuckle)
Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)
Toxicodendron radicans (poison ivy)
Vitis sp. (grape)

Circaea lutetiana (enchanter's nightshade)
Geum canadense (white avens)
Impatiens sp. (jewelweed)
Polygonum cespitosum (cespitose smartweed)      *
Polygonum virginianum (jumpseed)

Ferns and Fern Allies:
Osmunda cinnamomea (cinnamon fern)