A few nice trees...
23, 2005 16:33 PDT
Just a quick note on some nice trees I have located recently,
some of which
may be NC State Champions.
I was at the NC Zoo last week in Asheboro, NC and was pleased to
see a fine
collection of exotic and native trees. Most notable to me was
lasianthus, or loblolly bay. This neat tree was
bloom and many impressive
specimens were common. it
is quite similar to Franklinia except it is evergreen.
a beautiful tree! A new favorite for sure.
I was floored
though, by a
tree growing in the swamp forest exhibit near the "North
It was both the largest girth and tallest specimen I have ever
admittedly is not many). I actually saw it from a distance and
what it could be since the crown shape was peculiar. A very
and columnar crown only 13' wide somehow produced a tree 43.7'
this originated on a 17" CBH stem which crushes the former
NC State Champion
(although I do not have the new numbers from last year's
survey). I also
measured an 11" sweetbay (Magnolia virginiana) to 26.9'. I
measured one so I have no idea how big they can get. A Sitka
spruce in the
polar bear exhibit towered above the grass at 8' tall. There
cottonwoods that may be black cottonwood. I need to try to find
species and take some measurements.
Back in the Smokies, I spotted a yellow birch on Jim Branch that
quite tall even though it was an older tree with a flat crown.
yards away grew the current eastern height record, which I
thought this tree must be. But it was a different tree. I shot
up with the
laser from underneath and roughed it ~105'- then I realized my
was still in meters from an earlier plot with the Park Service!
upslope and confirmed a 116.7' top on a 6'10" trunk. Sorry
John and Bob but
you have some more searching to do!
Back in Asheville today I was pruning a tree and spotted a
Norway spruce two doors down. A stealthy trip to the base and a
measurement suggest this may be a new state co-champion (again I
do not know
the current champion from the new survey). The 8'11" trunk
slowly tapers to
a top 107.5' up. With a 45' spread this tree has 227 points
ties a huge one in Fletcher, NC (228 points).
I have located a large American larch in Asheville that I will
soon. I am not sure if NC has a listing for this species. There
is also a
huge (for the mountains) pecan that will be a Buncombe County
crushing 2X the former champion. I also found a huge (again, for
mountains) and rare sugarberry today that also crushes the
champion by 3x. It is 10'6" X 80' X 66'. I found larger
ones in Hotsprings,
NC last year, but for the Asheville area and not being by a
stream it rules!