Cape American Beachgrass naturally protects the shoreline by growing on sand dunes along the Atlantic Ocean and unlike most vegetation, it thrives under conditions of shifting sand, sand burial, and high winds. "The USDA Soil Conservation Service tested a collection of American beachgrass which performed extremely well on sand dunes along the oceanfront. Named after its place of origin, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it was released to the commercial market in 1971. ‘Cape’ is considered the industry standard and has proven to out-perform all other varieties for conservation applications from Maine to North Carolina (USDA, NRCS, 2006)." American beachgrass has been shown to be able to grow through at least a foot — and possibly two — of overwash sand and survive saltwater inundation (Knutson, 1980).
We joined Cape Cod Bank & Trust (CCBT) in 2000 and adopted their logo - a beautiful Cape American Beachgrass (or Marram Grass). When TD Bank bought CCBT in 2004 we bought our outstanding shares back to do something different, and we retained exclusive rights to the logo.
Beachgrass is rooted and resiliently withstands fierce winds, flooding, and erosion.