Acadia National Park Centennial: Plants and Trees in the Park

As spring arrives, Acadia National Park becomes rich with new plant life. The flowers come up and the trees start to fill out with leaves. Go to this site to get a good spring feeling:

The Garden Club of Mount Desert Island has identified more than 400 indigenous plant species at the park. The Gardens are primarily maintained by volunteers, along with a head gardener and summer intern funded by Friends of Acadia. For history the identification of plants and more information the Wild Gardens of Acadia National Park, go to The Friends of Acadia site at:

(also see “Wild Flowers of Mt. Desert” Island by Edgar T. Wherry)

For online pictures of all the wildflowers you may see in the park, go to this site.

Needle-tipped Blue-eyed-grass

Cooperative Extension University of Maine

Here’s a site that will show you where else in the country this plant can be found.

The Library also has a wonderful book on plants of Acadia called The Plants of Acadia National Park. It was compiled and edited by Glen H. Mittelhauser, Linda L. Gregory, Sally C. Rooney, and Jill E. Weber. The book has the descriptions of 862 plant species located in the Park, including wildflowers, ferns, grasses, sedges, rushes, trees, and shrubs.

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The National Park Service is also a great site to go to for information about what plants you will see while visiting Acadia National park. Go to:

The US Parks site tells you about the freshwater plants that can be found.


Ferns at Acadia National Park

Other types of plant growth can be found here:

Algae is one of the marine plants found in the Park. This site will give you the number of types of algae located in the Park.

Acadia National Park is made up of two types of trees. There are those that give the area it’s beautiful fall foliage, than drop their leaves. These are the deciduous trees and their branches remain bare until the following spring when warm returns.

Other trees, like pine trees and other firs, are coniferous trees that grow cones. One variety of tree, the tamarack, is actually both a deciduous tree and a coniferous tree. This site will tell you more about the trees of the Park.

This next site describes how to measure the trees in the Park.

Plants & trees can also be considered endangered species. For more information try this site:

To get some tips on how to help preserve the plants & trees at Acadia National (as well as other other aspects of Park), go to this site: