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