South Slope of Dune Woodland


Similar to the north-facing slope of the dune woodland, the south slope is generally dominated by tall canopy plants like oaks and hickories.  Unlike the north slope, the south-facing slope receives more sunlight and has drier soil conditions.  This encourages the growth of spring wildflowers and other sun-loving plants, in addition to woody species like witch hazel, sassafras and dogwoods.


  • Dry soil conditions

  • Sun-loving tall canopy trees with both shade-tolerant and sun-tolerant under-story plants

Sources: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Extension, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coatal Program

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