I had the fortunate experience to meet, and act as tour guide,
Copiz, our newest Maryland ENTS, in the great Cataloochee Valley
Great Smoky Mountains National Park this past weekend. We toured
Boogerman Loop Trail and a section of Caldwell Fork and Hoglen
Darian measured the Boogerman Pine to 186.65' on the way around
trail. We saw the 141' chestnut oak on Sag Branch and of course
On the way
out, down Caldwell Fork, we measured some
"shrubs" for my
forthcoming champion tree list requested by the National
Turns out, we bagged a new NATIONAL CHAMPION
and a potential NC State Champion
witch-hazel. The witch-hazel set a
new eastern height record as well as a
Here are the details.
remeasured the national champion cinnamon clethra, which
grown a whopping 3 inches in height since 1997! It is now
and 9.5 inches in girth.
- Near it
was the tall witch-hazel. Its 24.4 inch girth supported a
53' high! The previous record was 47.3'.
also found a new eastern height record mountain holly at
- Next to
this tree was the "big one", 27.8" in girth
and 32.9' tall. Crown
spread was a whopping 33' average for a total of 69 points - a new
national champion mountain
winterberry (Ilex montana).
current National Champion is 65 points, but has been damaged by
hurricane Ivan last fall (email from owner).
It was a
pleasure meeting Darian and putting a face to the name. His
measuring accuracy is evident and a valuable asset to ENTS.