TOPIC: Ryerson Station State Park
== 1 of 2 ==
Date: Tues, Jan 15 2008 6:58 pm
From: "Dale Luthringer"
On 6/13/07 I had the opportunity following a training session to
a few trees at Ryerson Station State Park. The park is located in
extreme southwestern corner of Pennsylvania almost adjacent to the
Virginia border. Its main feature is the 52acre Ronald J. Duke Lake,
named after one of its former park managers.
The park is largely 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. growth forest, but has a few
scattered old trees. I measured only three trees. The largest was an
old "wolf" white oak now growing in the woods which came
in at 16.5ft
CBH x 81.1+ft high. Ancient tree, easily in the 200+ year class,
very well be over 300 with the bark character, but with its being an
field tree, I wasn't willing to give it any more than a definite 200
It was also a pleasure to measure my first osage orange. There was
actually a row of them in the woods to measure. the remnant of an
pasture fence. One of the fattest ones in the woods went to 5ft CBH
63.1+ft high. The largest was located on the edge of a field (not
of a fence row) which went to 10.4ft CBH x 72.6ft avg spread x
high for 208.7AF Points. Eventhough it was only the second one I've
measured, I've never observed a larger one. I was hoping it might be
contender for the state big tree list, but alas, Scott found a
monsters from Mars approaching 18ft CBH and must have inadvertently
added them to his PA Big Tree List.
What a neat tree. Too bad there weren't any "monkey balls"
to take home
== 2 of 2 ==
Date: Tues, Jan 15 2008 8:58 pm
From: James Parton
Down in my dad's home area in Abbeville County SC Osage Orange are
common. Some have a very " lumpy " fruit, however some are
and orange-like. Dad calls those " wild citrus ". Are
there more than
one variety of Osage Orange or another kind of Wild Citrus? I
understand that the Osage Orange is not a citrus at all but is in
mulberry family. Are there a true wild citrus in the US?