Christmas Fern in Sunnybrook Forest: Nov. 6, 2022

This lovely fern is green at Christmas. Its lustrous rich-green tapering leaves, spiny-toothed, holly-like leaflets and evergreen leaves make it a popular Christmas time decoration.

I don’t see it often in the Toronto area but the Sunnybrook forest has many small colonies.

Christmas Fern
Christmas Fern
Christmas Fern

Other botany:

Butternut (Juglans cinerea)
Canada Wild Rye (Elymus canadensis)
Blue-stemmed Goldenrod (Solidago caesia)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Broad-leaved Sedge
American Beech (Fagus grandifolia)
Black Cherry (Prunus serotina)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Bitternut Hickory (Carya cordiformis)
Red Oak (Quercus rubra)
Sugar Maple leaves (Acer saccharum)
Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Morrow Honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

Park views:

Red Squirrel

Some birds:

Northern Cardinal (male) with Blue Jay
Hairy Woodpecker (female)
Northern Cardinal (male)
Black-capped Chickadee
Mourning Doves
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Northern Cardinal (male)


“There is October in every November and there is November in every December. All seasons melted in each other’s life.” – Mehmet Murat ildan

Miles Hearn

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