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Oak/Blueberry Forest

Stands of this community occur on dunes and are low in species diversity.  Black oak and white oak are the dominant canopy trees.  The canopy is nearly to completely closed with filtered sunlight reaching the forest floor.  Witch-hazel Hamamelis virginianahuckleberry Gaylussacia baccata, sassafras Sassafras albidum, pasture rose Rosa carolina and low bush blueberries Vaccinum angustifolium are frequent in the shrub layer.  Pennsylvania sedge, large-leaved aster Eurybia macrophylla, wild sarsaparilla Aralia nudicaulis, bracken fern Pteridium aquilinum, and whorled loosestrife Lysimachia quadrifolia are common species in the herbaceous layer.  Due to the lack of fire, this community is more common than it was historically.

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