I didn't make it to Fairmount on Thursday. I hit some serious
traffic in the AM, and detoured to Valley Forge park. Valley
Forge is home to several champion trees, and some big sycamores.
Here is what I found. I am sure there are more trees here also.
the Maxwell Sycamore
20.9 X 119.9
the Maxwell Black Walnut, state champ
18.1 X 93.9
the Laffayette Sycamore, yes another one named after the same
23.2 X 89.4
the Tindle Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), state champ
8'6 X 42.9
the Potts Blackhaw Viburnum, state champ
2.4 X 19.9
12.9 X 74.4
Hackberry 2 I think this is the state champ tree, but it is
unclear on it's location.
the Pawling Sycamore
21.4 X 83 142' avg spread!! (longest spread was
I also stopped by the Delaware county community college and
checked on a couple of champs there.
Zelkova serrata, state champ This is amazing, because this tree
was only introduced in 1864!
22.2 X 92
Southern Magnolia, state champ
5.8 X 57.2
15.6 X 86.1
I will get to Fairmount sooner or later. I didn't feel so bad
after I saw John's coverage. I have calls into the park folks,
as they will be able to tell us where the big ones are.
for the Valley Forge trip report. Also one additional tree I call the chimney. It was a 18' CBH sycamore that had no top, but is alive. I was able to stand inside with my arms outstretched and look up to the sky. It had been burned out by someone.