Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
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GROVE OF ENDANGERED SPECIES
Between the Lynx and Wolf building and behind a Larch specimen is what has become known as the Grove of Endangered Spruce. Two species make up this secluded spot, the Serbian Spruce and the Koyami Spruce. Both species were planted in 1998. The Serbian is on the Endangered Species list and the Koyami on the Critically Endangered list. Both of these species are slowly losing it's native habitats. The Serbian originated in a small area of the Drina River Valley of extreme southeast Europe. The Koyami originated from an area near Hoshun, Japan which is dwindling due to typhoon damage over the past 3-4 decades. Verified in late 2018, the arboretum has dedicated this area for extreme care in 2019. The Koyami is distinguished by it's unusual bark and twisted trunk. The grove can be seen from the pathway and is off limits to visitors
This highly dense area of trees contains mostly native North American species. The exception is explained to the left. The pathway connects the Lynx habitat to Wolves to Wolverines. On the south side is a nice collection of conifers, on the north side Sumacs.
Locations of accessioned trees
Riparian areas of native cottonwoods-LG
Non-accessioned Austrian Pines-SM