Range Maps
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Check the discovery bulletin board for reports of trees growing in counties not represented by range map dots.


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The range maps in this publication show the South Carolina counties where each tree species is found.  Trees are mapped as present whenever the tree is naturally found in a location or when an introduced tree species has demonstrated it can reproduce in the new environment.  We call naturally found trees "native" and introduced, reproducing trees "naturalized."  South Carolina has 225 native trees and more than 60 naturalized trees.

The range maps in this publication are not official range maps.   They are compilations of range maps from three sources.  Official plant range maps are found in the South Carolina Plant Atlas.  Only plants that have been collected and are present as a herbarium specimen at recognized herbaria are allowed to be shown on the maps in the Atlas.  Even if a species is known to occur in a county, it cannot be included in the Atlas until a proper specimen is collected and included in an official herbarium collection.

For hundreds of years people have been moving trees to where they want them to be.  Sometimes trees adapt to their new environment.  For example, Christmas tree growers plant species that are native to many parts of the world.   Some adapt and survive but they do not reproduce.  Others adapt and reproduce and are classified as naturalized plants.  Arizona cypress is an example of a naturalized plant.

Study the range maps closely.  You may find a tree growing in your county that is not shown on the maps.  If so, let others know of your new discovery by filling out the following form.  Entries are automatically posted to a discovery bulletin board and may be considered for inclusion on future Familiar Trees range maps.

In which South Carolina county did you find this tree?

Describe this particular tree you've found, its location, and growing conditions.  Do your observations suggest that the tree is naturally occuring?

Optional contact information (also posted to the bulletin board)