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Vesco Mortuus, Eastern White Pine, Maryland

I know these measurements are not comparable to the national champion Eastern white Pine in New Hampshire, but it is more than just girth that makes this tree interesting to me. Its circumference is larger than any White pine recorded in Maryland since they started in 1925 at 186”. Its crown spread is larger than any Maryland white pine as well at 77’. It only stands at a mediocre height of 68’ but as I said it is not its measurements that fascinate me, but rather where it is this tree is growing. Within Baltimore city, resides Lorraine park cemetery which was established in the mid to late 1800’s. It’s a 60 acre cemetery that has in the very center of its boundaries a stout Eastern white pine that I like to refer to as Vesco Mortuus. There is no doubt that this tree stood when the property was converted into a resting place for the passed away residents of Baltimore city. There is also no doubt when one sees the granite markers of its lifeless residents, just how deep Vesco’s roots penetrate. The markers around Vesco are tilted forwards and backwards by his bulging root system. The ground swells around his base and desecrated an expansive area of evenly spaced monuments. Leaving no doubt at all as to what is going on beneath the surface. My imagination can’t help but picture Vesco mortuus’s massive, hungry roots penetrating and breaking in ironically….. Pine boxes.
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by bountreehunter
Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:09 pm
 
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Re: Least favorite trees

All love it Ryan, great idea. This one is a piece of cake. You did not say native trees so i am including non natives in this question

#1 Ailanthus, in fact i despise and loathe this tree, i would call it the Tree of Hell but somehow this invasive species got called the tree of Heaven, yeah right, if this tree is there i want no parts of heaven. Its ugly, grows like a weed and it is impossible to Kill.
#2 Boxelder- there is not a blessed thing that one can say about this tree aesthetically or that is benificial. if anyone knows of a positive trait for this tree, i want to know it so i won't hate this tree so much.
#3 Paper mulberry- Invasive and destructive.
by bountreehunter
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:49 pm
 
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Three favorite tree Question.

I was Reading Colby Ruckers material today and i was in a part where he listed his favorite trees from 1-65. #65 was his least favorite, and understandably it was a Boxelder. His #1 was surprising to me though. I hesitate to tell those of you who do not know what it is because i don't want to influence my next question. What is your 3 favorite Native trees and list them #1, #2 and #3. Colby gave reasons for his favorites and i would like to hear what your reasons are.I know its a hard question and truthfully my answers may change depending on when you asked me this question.
by bountreehunter
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:20 pm
 
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Re: Tree Haiku

My spirit seeks out,
what the Frenzied man ignores,
peace in tree's shadow.
by bountreehunter
Fri Apr 13, 2012 5:42 am
 
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