Riparian Trees

of City Creek Canyon


Riparian refers to the organisms that live directly in or on the stream. The Riparian Trees could be considered the skeleton for this ecosystem, as they provide food, shelter, and energy for the other organisms who live in or near City Creek. They also stabilize this ecosystem against abiotic disturbances such as floods, and over-fertilization.

This section discusses basic physical characteristics and adaptations of the three main native trees you will see in City Creek: Narrowleaf Cottonwoods, Box Elder, and River Birch. There is also a brief discussion of the human impact on this ecosystem.


Dodson, Stanley I. 1998. Ecology. Oxford University Press, New York City, NY.

Kuhns, Michael. 1998. A Guide to the Trees of Utah and the Intermoutain West. Utah State University Press, Logan UT.

Reference Guide. J. Frank Schmidt & Son Company. (Guide for Wholesale of Trees).


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