Trees can be choosy needing certain amounts of moisture, nutrients and sunlight. Some are more demanding growing only in certain parts of the province. For example, Pacific arbutus (madrone) occurs only in southern coastal areas within a few kilometers of the ocean where the winter climate is moderate and summers warm. It likes dry areas; especially prone to rocky outcrops and plenty of sunlight.
Because trees vary in their ability to tolerate environmental conditions, British Columbia sees a variety of ecosystems throughout the province, from lush coastal rain forests to dry, open
grasslands and sub-alpine areas. But time shifts everything and ecosystems are constantly changing. Disturbances, whether caused by nature or people, will affect plant communities over time. Who knows what the future holds for the diversity of our forests. [...] Continue Reading