19 Vegetation – Plant Materials

The Rustic Landscape of Rim Village, 1927-1941



Plant Materials

The following lists of plant materials for Rim Village were taken from the Landscape Architects’ monthly narrative reports. The lists are general up to 1934 (although plant materials are mentioned throughout the monthly reports, only one actual plant “list” was found reflecting the first four years of the naturalization program). During the eight years CCC crews were working at Rim Village, more detailed records of materials and “man-hours” used at the rim were incorporated into the monthly reports, with the most detailed accounts recorded for the 1934-1936 work seasons, when the majority of new plantings were done. All nomenclature used in the following is from Applegate (1939), Hitchcock and Cronquist (1973), Franklin and Dyrness (1973), and Wheeler and Atzet, (1987). Where discrepancies occurred Hitchcock and Cronquist was used as the authority source. Plant names that were used historically are in parentheses.

1930 — Classification of Plant Materials for the Season


Abies concolor white fir
Abies lasiocarpa subalpine fir (alpine fir)
Abies procera (nobilis) noble fir
Tsuga mertensiana mountain hemlock


Acer glabrum Rocky Mountain maple (sierra maple)
Alnus sinuata Sitka alder (waxy-leaved alder)
Amelanchier alnifolia (florida) western serviceberry
Lonicera conjugialis purple-flower honeysuckle (twinberry)
Ribes cereum wax current
Salix scouleriana Scouler’s willow
Sambucus racemosa red elderberry (mountain elderberry)
Sorbus sitchensis Sitka mountain ash (mountain ash)
Spiraea densiflora subalpine spirea (pink spirea)


Sod was the predominate groundcover planted at Rim Village. Sod refers to practically all types of flora growing in the park and, as transplanted, was comprised of several native sedges. Many varieties of wildflowers and small shrubs were commonly taken along with the grass roots when digging sod for transplanting.

1934 — Classification and Quantity of Plant Materials Moved During the Season (June 1 – October 1)