High Elevation Red Oak Forest Plant Community
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Characteristic plants of the Southern Appalachian High Elevation Red Oak Forest community.
Distinguishing characteristics: Northern Red Oak makes up 75% or more of the canopy
Occurrence: Higher elevations (3,500 - 4,500 ft) in the mountains of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia; dry to mesic slopes and ridgetops with well-drained, rocky, acidic soils
Conservation aspects: Most forests have been logged. Disturbance and fire exclusion may increase density of understory and hinder oak regeneration. Threatened by gypsy moths causing defoliation and widespread mortality.
T. P. Spira: Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont, 1st edition, University of North Carolina Press, 2011.
Chestoa View Loop Trail, Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 320, elevation 4,090 ft