Rounding the bend and over a creek, the paved path of the Bartram Trail ascends passing one of the granite memorial benches.

Hollies are planted with oakleaf hydrangeas to the left of the path (pictured left) while on the right of the path two woodland paths fork away from the hemlock bench (pictured right), the temporary name of the bench until it is dedicated in memory of someone.

n 1762, the American naturalist John Bartram made his first botanizing trip in the interior of South Carolina. Later in 1765, he explored South Carolina again when he toured the Southeast American Colonies. Some of the plant specimens he discovered have been planted on our Bartram Trail and will be highlighted throughout this visual tour.
On the right of the path in the creek bed, several buttonbush (Cephalanthus occidentalis), grow below the lower pond. Pictured far right, is the flower of the buttonbush, a relative of the coffee family.

Buttonbush
(Cephalanthus occidentalis)
Bumblebee on a Buttonbush flower
(Cephalanthus occidentalis)
The trail curves right and ascends. As you ascend the trail, on your right, you will see several oakleaf hydrangea (Hydrangea quercifolia) planted with some hollies. Oakleafs get their name from the large leaves the plant produces.








Oakleaf Hydrangea fall foliage
(Hydrangea quercifolia)
Oakleaf Hydrangea
(Hydrangea quercifolia)
Oakleaf Hydrangea -
new bud and old bloom

(Hydrangea quercifolia)
Oakleaf Hydrangea emerging bud
(Hydrangea quercifolia)

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