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Frederick Park Naturalization

Project type: 
Park Naturalization

On Oct. 19, 2014, a team of volunteers from the surrounding community joined us on a lovely sunny day to add 119 native trees and shrubs to Frederick Park on the east end of town! Since this was a relatively small project, we were also able to plant some taller plants than usual, making for a really immediate impact in this park, which in future years is expected to link the neighbourhood to a larger bike trail network.


This was also the first site since 2011 where, thanks to the sandy, moist soil, we were able to plant sassafras (Sassafras albidum) - a strange and rare native tree whose leaves look like mittens and smell like fruit loops! We can't wait to see them grow up.

Because of its strong fragrance, sassafras has been used in the making of teas, oils, and soaps, and its roots were the original source of flavouring in "root" beer (although it is no longer used for this purpose today). Mature trees also have a lovely cinnamon-coloured bark, and can sprout additional stems from their roots. In Ontario, probably our  most famous stand of sassafras can be found in Toronto's High Park.

Many thanks to all those who joined us, and to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation for making this project possible!

The leaves of a young sassafras tree  


Image Credit: "Sassafras7" by Original uploader was Wowbobwow12 at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons using CommonsHelper. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.