Bald Head Association Bald Head Island’s Largest Property Owners’ Association

Bald Head Island

The Bald Head Island Landscape

Check out the new BHI Native Landscape Brochure

Before you add or remove any plant vegetaition from your property on Bald Head Island you must read the appropriate Guidelines governing Landscaping in  BHA or Stage II.


The original residents of BHI had a very strong vision of how and why to protect the native landscapes on the island. First and foremost, protecting the Maritime Forest and the vegetation in wind-blown areas such as the "scrub" and "pioneer" zones including the Frontal Dunes is providing the very components of island protection and stabilization. 

Without the vegetation the sand will blow and/or be washed away.

Over trimming or clearing of the understory, clearing vines and taking out shrubs on the dune areas opens up for salt intrusion which will cause die back in the forest and on more salt sensitive plants. Once the plants and their root structure are gone the dunes may erode from wind and storm waves.

Also, trimming back or clearing of any understory or underbrush removes very important habitat for our songbirds and other wildlife. Removing native plants and bringing in non-natives removes food sources for our songbirds and other wildlife.

spring blooms American Beautyberry American Beautyberry fall Muhley Grass Coral Honeysuckle close up coral honeysuckle Live Oak sea oats sabal palm minor sabal palm Wax Myrtle wax Myrtle close up Yaupon Holly

Here are some links to more information on these topics:

Click  HERE to watch the Earthday presentation by Cape Fear Chapter of the Audubon Society President Charley Winterbauer on why our song birds desperately need us to plant and keep native.

Take a hike around Bald head with Dr. Paul Hosier  and Maureen Dewire identifying natives

Landscape Section of the BHA Design Guidelines

Native Plants for Coastal North Carolina

Exotic Invasives not to plant

Native Landscaping for Butterflies

Planting native for wildlife

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