Had the day off today and it was going to be over 100 degrees by
the heat index, so I decided to go measure trees!! I headed up
to Princeton Nj and met up with my pal Megan Varnes, who is the
curator of the Morven house gardens. Morven was home to NJ's governors
until the 1980's http://www.historicmorven.org/
We measured some trees on the grounds to include:
Fagus sylvatica var. cuprea, Aesculus flava, and Pinus strobus.
The trees were not anything spectacular, but they wanted the
numbers for their records.
Paulownia growing out of a white pine
In the pics you can see a "Pinus
tomentosa", but before you get out Dirr. It is a Paulownia
that grew in a cavity of a white pine and eventually took it
over. Truly invasive!!
We then walked over to Princeton and gave ourselves the self
guided tour of the campus. We found:
Metasequoia from Princeton, Megan Varnes in the pic
Metasequoia glyptostroboides (planted as a 6' whip in 1948)
15.8x108.6 with a 51' avg spread. (biggest I have ever measured
of this species)
Tuliptree at Princeton
16.7x111.7 with an avg spread of 91'
11x53.8 with avg spread of 48' the most massive yew I have ever
seen! and measure at 4.5' too. it was an upright tree form that
did split into three leaders around 6-7' judging by the seams.
The branches didn't actually split until 10-12'
We then headed to Marquand park http://www.princetontwp.org/marquand.html
Marquand 17.5x107.6 red oak
Here we found some very impressive native specimens. Almost
enough for a rucker index.
13.8x105 with avg spread of 71'
Liriodendron tulipifera (there were over a dozen tulips in the
12.3xcouldn't see top, but was more than likely similar to the
A seven species rucker came to 109.1
Other interesting specimens included:
and many specimen introduced species.
The natural area where most of the big trees were had an open
understory that was mostly escaped introduced species to include
periwinkle, pachysandra (the bad kind) norway and japanese maple.
There were many large Rosebay rhodies that I had to fight
through, which possibly gave me some insight to what NC is like.
Except for the heat, it was a great day!