Buttonbush Nature Area
is a 15.3 acre nature area on the northeast side of Ann Arbor, near the corner of Nixon and Dhu Varren Roads. View the
Ann Arbor Parks and Nature Areas map
for location context. It is connected to
Foxfire East Park
on its western edge, and is not far from
Oakwoods Nature Area
to the east, which makes it an important link in the habitat corridor in this portion of Ann Arbor. There are some trails in the park, and a trail network is still being developed.
The habitat within the park is mainly comprised of flat or gently rolling dry-mesic forest dominated by oaks and hickories. A large buttonbush swamp lies in the central portion of the park, and a small seasonal stream flows into the swamp from private property before continuing south through the park. Other interesting species that can be found in the park include wild turkey, wood thrush, bladdernut, black ash, swamp white oak, and yellow pond lily. In total, there are over 160 species of plants within the park.