Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont have teamed up to collect data about the phenology of plants in the Great Smoky Mountains. And you can participate in Project BudBurst during your next visit. Learn more about these two great organizations below and get to know the plants you can watch for!

Learn more about the Park on their website
Learn more about the Institute on their website.

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High Elevation Plants

10 plants to watch for in high elevation areas of the Great Smoky Mountains.

American beech
Fagus grandifolia
American mountain ash
Sorbus americana
Hobblebush
Viburnum lantanoides
Northern red oak
Quercus rubra
Pin cherry
Prunus pensylvanica
Red maple
Acer rubrum
Smooth shadbush
Amelanchier laevis
Sugar maple
Acer saccharum
Yellow birch
Betula alleghaniensis
Yellow buckeye
Aesculus flava

Low Elevation Plants

10 plants to watch for in low elevation areas of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Black birch
Betula lenta
Flowering dogwood
Cornus florida
Ironwood
Carpinus caroliniana
Northern red oak
Quercus rubra
Red maple
Acer rubrum
Sourwood
Oxydendrum arboreum
Sweetgum
Liquidambar styraciflua
Tulip poplar
Liriodendron tulipifera
White oak
Quercus alba
Yellow buckeye
Aesculus flava

High Elevation Resources

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Low Elevation Resources:

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