A Bitter Nut to Swallow

Diversity is a key feature of the Nopiming Game Sanctuary, but its species composition is changing. In recent years, the invasive Emerald Ash Borer devastated ash trees all through the Northeast. Towering White Ash, once common in this forest, are all dead, some felled to make this trail safe. Here, a tall tree remains healthy because it is not an ash but a Bitternut Hickory. Named after its distasteful nuts, Canada’s only native pecan hickory reaches its northern range limits here. In spring, Bitternut Hickory’s sulfur yellow buds are distinctive.