Acidic Oak-Hickory Forest

These diverse communities are common in the Piedmont, but along the Fall Line are essentially restricted to ancient colluvial slopes and benches of weathered Potomac Formation clay, and are largely absent from the Coastal Plain. This type generally occurs as a gradient between Oak-Heath Forest and Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest, usually on dry to mesic, acidic, southwest facing slopes with high solar exposure. This is typically a floristically diverse community type along the Fall Line.

Table of Contents:


Dominant and Common Species

Sparse Species

Restricted Species

Downloadable Files

This document contains the images found above and additional information that makes it a stand-alone resource. It is intended to be used to help guide restoration efforts in this community.

Acidic Oak-Hickory 8475 Description.pdf

This Excel document contains extensive data related to the community. In addition to the Dominant, Common, Sparse, and Restricted Species listed in the charts above, it also contains information about the Rare Species. This file will address many needs for the most detailed user of the data. In the data, one can:

  • Compare species abundance in Northern Virginia to the State-wide level.

  • Sort or filter by species, common name, form, abundance category, constancy, and multiple other metrics and measures

  • Compare "Mean Cover" score to "Mean Cover when Present Score" across species.

Acidic Oak-Hickory 8475 NOVA Data.xlsx