The word Pocosin comes from an Algonquian word meaning “swamp-on-a-hill." These shrubby wetland habitats stand in stark contrast to their Sandhill and Savanna neighbors. They also have different soil – deep peat soils that are highly acidic. Many evergreen landscape plants are native to this habitat, including Inkberry holly, sweetbay magnolia and loblolly bay.
In The Natural Heritage Garden, we will exhibit an example of a streamhead pocosin plant community found in the Sandhills region. This portion of the Garden will act as a screen that divides the Coastal Plain from the Sandhills. Visitors will walk through a tunnel of evergreen shrubs as they reach the "Fall Line" and enter into the Sandhills exhibit.