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Re: State champ shagbark hickory and northern catalpa conten

Bob, I can understand how the tree’s height may have been inadvertently exaggerated and how the full extent of the crown spread may not have been accounted for, but an increase of nine inches of girth in fifteen years does seem like a lot for such an old hickory. I wouldn’t be surprised if those 137...
by a_blooming_botanist
Mon May 23, 2016 7:21 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: State champ shagbark hickory and northern catalpa contender
Comments: 2
Views: 669

State champ shagbark hickory and northern catalpa contender

Today was a productive day of tree hunting/measuring. I left my house intending to visit the reigning state champion shagbark hickory tree, but also had the secondary goal of measuring a large northern catalpa that grows near me. To keep with the sequence of events, I’ll show you the catalpa that li...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun May 22, 2016 9:43 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: State champ shagbark hickory and northern catalpa contender
Comments: 2
Views: 669

Re: Oxbow NWR and two putative state champion trees

Matt, Thanks for your positive feedback! I do have fun writing trip reports. :) With regard to tree points – I am just now working on measuring crown spread, so I will concede that my assignment of big tree points may have been off. Yesterday was the first time I used the spoke method, so I'm gettin...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sat May 21, 2016 8:35 am
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Oxbow NWR and two putative state champion trees
Comments: 15
Views: 2024

Oxbow NWR and two putative state champion trees

This afternoon I wandered down to the Nashua River to walk along the trails in the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge. My first destination was a large swamp white oak growing near the parking lot just east of the Harvard/Lancaster town line. I’ve seen the tree in past visits, and even noticed the small...
by a_blooming_botanist
Fri May 20, 2016 9:20 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Oxbow NWR and two putative state champion trees
Comments: 15
Views: 2024

Re: Northwoods in Bolton

Well, a little over a week has passed since my first report and things are looking a lot greener in these woods. My newest measurements help to add to what I had gathered for the species already represented in my posts here, as well as to better represent the diversity of this forest. I see no reaso...
by a_blooming_botanist
Mon May 16, 2016 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Northwoods in Bolton
Comments: 9
Views: 1350

Re: Northwoods in Bolton

Jared, my experience in finding tall black birch over here is that the tallest specimen is rarely one of the aged or upright- in several cases now, the tallest birch at a given site is one that's relatively thin and smooth-barked, often with its trunk at an angle or forming a gentle s-curve, with j...
by a_blooming_botanist
Wed May 11, 2016 11:23 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Northwoods in Bolton
Comments: 9
Views: 1350

Re: Where is the top of a tree?

I think the highest stem makes the most sense. If an upward projecting leaf falls off an oak tree in November, that event should not make the tree shorter. Similarly when it comes into leaf in May, that event should not in and of itself increase the tree's height. I agree, especially in the case of...
by a_blooming_botanist
Wed May 11, 2016 9:59 pm
 
Forum: Tree Measuring Guidelines
Topic: Where is the top of a tree?
Comments: 5
Views: 1026

Where is the top of a tree?

The other day as I was returning home from big tree hunting I stopped to notice a young green ash sapling. I’ve spent so much time studying and measuring the big guys that I took a moment to crouch down and appreciate a tree that is only now about a foot tall. Here’s a picture of Junior: Green ash s...
by a_blooming_botanist
Wed May 11, 2016 6:25 pm
 
Forum: Tree Measuring Guidelines
Topic: Where is the top of a tree?
Comments: 5
Views: 1026

Re: Northwoods in Bolton

Jared, Nice job. This woodland seems to be pretty even-aged. Is that an accurate assumption? Green and white ash gave me trouble for a long time, but once you've seen a lot of each, separating the two becomes much easier. Green ash prefers wetter soil, and the leaves appear shiny, while White ash i...
by a_blooming_botanist
Wed May 11, 2016 12:20 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Northwoods in Bolton
Comments: 9
Views: 1350

Northwoods in Bolton

Known to the Bolton Conservation Commission as the Northwoods Core Conservation Area, and to me as the woods on the other side of the road from where I live, this site includes the headwaters of an unnamed tributary of Great Brook and the surrounding woodlands. For the past week or so I have been wa...
by a_blooming_botanist
Sun May 08, 2016 11:37 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Northwoods in Bolton
Comments: 9
Views: 1350
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