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Arbutus Woods Park

Eylandt St., Stecher St. and Colon St.

Staten Island

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

The trailing arbutus (Epigaea repens) plant used to grow in sandy or rocky clearings all over Staten Island. However, the species has been locally extinct since the 1940s. The plant, which is known for its clusters of tiny white or pink flowers, trailing woody stems, and leathery green oval leaves, would bloom in this area during April and May. But local residents enthusiastically harvested the plant as a salad vegetable, and it can no longer be found anywhere on the island. Botanists continue to search parklands such as this one, hoping that the leaves of larger plants hide the small trailing arbutus.

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Arbutus Woods Park Weather

  • Tue
    Mostly Sunny
    85°F
  • Wed
    Heavy Rain
    88°F
  • Thu
    Showers Likely
    81°F
  • Fri
    Sunny
    82°F

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