Mariton: Winter Green
by Tim Burris, Preserve Manager
As preserve managers we often cue in on green in the winter landscape. These winter greens often indicate non-native, usually invasive plants. Over time we develop the ability to identify an invasive plant off in the distance just by what birders call GISS (General impression, shape, and size).
Mariton is graced by several native plants that stay green during the winter. So, finding green here often raises hope for the spring, rather than alarm. At Christmas I wrote about Christmas Ferns. Even after spending two weeks crushed beneath two feet of snow, the ferns above still look fresh and vernal. Even the mosses in this photo are bright a cheery.
The native rhododendron (Rhododendron maximum) abounds at Mariton, adorning hillsides with its green foliage throughout the year, and its white blossoms in late June.