Illinois State Co-Champ
06, 2007 07:24 PDT
Until last month Illinois didn't have a Slippery Elm champ.
told the group that gathered at our Big Tree measuring workshop
found a Slippery Elm that was 105' tall and a CBH of 7'8".
I went down
to our farm to plant 25 dogwoods, look for big trees and mow the
this past Thursday through Saturday. It rained Wednesday through
Friday/Saturday night (3-4"). Rain didn't stop me from
searching. I measured a couple of Eastern Cottonwoods, one I
Freeburg soccer Cottonwood since it is close to a soccer field
nice size CBH of 21.5' and was 109' tall (this tree is the first
that I found on my own to be taller than 100' outside Illinois'
Cherrybark Oak champ that I went and remeasured with Don Bragg).
thought the crown was unusal though, it reminded me of a 05.L
bottle since it 87' X 25' and paralle to the road. It had a big
that had broken off years ago that probly held up the crown on
opposite the road. I then measured what I call the St.Clair/Monroe
Eastern Cottonwood since it sits on the boarder of these two
This one smaller the the other one but it was my second tree
(I have measured a pecan at excatly 100').
My farm neighbor was telling me of a couple of acres that he
700 trees for another elderly neighbor of ours so it could be in
program that reforests abanded farm fields and he mentioned
the loggers left a dam they built to cross a creek and how he
another farmer barked at them to remove the dam since it forcing
creek into a channel. So they finally came back and pushed the
(something they should have done without being told too) and off
the neighboring property right against a big elm. I asked him
elm and he said I couldn't miss it. He was right. It has a CBH
at 5'above the ground (couldn't get to 4-1/2' due to the logs
against it) and it was 76.167' tall with an average crown of
don't know what the crown was on Larry Mahan's elm but there is
point differnce between the the two without the crowns.
On a side note, I asked Jay Hayek, Illinois coord., if anyone
in a cockspur hawthorn because if noone has I know of one only
half grown but the biggest one I've found so far. If no one has
Judy Garland was right, "There's no place like home"
1-1/2 miles of our farm house there is two state champs and 1