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On the slopes, maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana), striped maple (Acer pensylvanicum), and beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta) are found in the understory. Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) and beech (Fagus grandifolia) are common in the forests along the ravines of the east-facing slope. Here also are yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis) and cucumber magnolia (Magnolia acuminata).

On the flat hilltop, spicebush (Lindera benzoin), leatherwood (Dirca palustris), maple-leaved viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium), and pink azalea (Rhodoedendron prinophyllum) are found in the understory.

In the recently gifted property, the upper slopes and flat hilltop have been recently logged, however it remains quite species-rich. The oaks and hickories that you might expect on a dry hilltop are here in abundance. Also present are species that thrive on sites with acidic soils including a number of uncommon species like scarlet oak (Quercus coccinea) and American chestnut (Castanea dentata) with blueberry (Vaccinium) shrubs and other ericaceous species in the understory.