Patton Park Silver Maples NC  

TOPIC: Patton Park Silver Maples

== 1 of 3 ==
Date: Mon, Jun 30 2008 8:34 pm
From: James Parton


My 12 year old daughter Sarah told me of some really big trees located at Patton Park here in Hendersonville NC. Yesterday afternoon I went to check them out. They turned out to be big multiple-trunked Silver Maples. 

The first one I measured was a whopping 20 feet 9 1/2 inches in girth!  It measured 67.82 feet tall. 

The second one I measured was 19 feet 2 inches in girth and 72.22 feet tall.

True, they are not as impressive or as important as a single-trunked tree of the same size would be, but they are still pretty darned impressive. They are more Silver Maples here but these are the two largest that I found.

I had no one with me and left my hiking stick at home so I had noting to scale them against in the photos. Afterwards I drove out to collect some leaves, twigs and catkins from the Dillingham chestnuts in Big Ivy to mail in to The American Chestnut Foundation. It will take a week or two to dry them out. American? maybe, but I suspect a hybrid.

James Parton

== 2 of 3 ==
Date: Mon, Jun 30 2008 8:53 pm
From: "Edward Frank"


Nice looking trees. I can add them to my mutitrunk table when I finally get the time to compile it. You should get Sarah to post to the list.


== 3 of 3 ==
Date: Mon, Jun 30 2008 9:01 pm
From: James Parton


Yes. I feel these are fine examples of multitrunked trees. I would
love to get Sarah interested in trees and indeed ENTS. Like most young
people it is hard to get them away from video games. I just wish I had
her more than I do. Her mom lacks a computer but she loves mine when
she comes to see me.