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Hamilton College & Root Glen

Post by ElijahW » Thu Aug 01, 2019 4:45 pm


This past Sunday, July 28, Tom Howard and I spent the afternoon at Hamilton College, in the Village of Clinton, NY. Most of our time was spent walking the grounds of Root Glen, which is a combination of gardens, planted specimen trees, and remnant native forest, but we also measured a few trees on the main campus. Here’s what we found:

Root Glen

Tuliptree Liriodendron tulipifera

132.2’ (multiple trunks)

Black Walnut Juglans nigra

119.7’ (CBH likely around 12’, but couldn’t measure directly)

Kentucky Yellowwood Cladrastis kentuckea

82.0’ x 6.39’

Eastern Redbud Cercis canadensis

34.9’ (multiple trunks)

European Larch Larix decidua

112.2’ x 6.66’

Alaska Cedar Cupressus nootkatensis

30.0’ x 1.38’

Campus Grounds

Eastern White Pine Pinus strobus

105.4’ x 14.13’

Baldcypress Taxodium distichum

60.4’ x 11.25’ (at 2.5’)

Swamp White Oak Quercus bicolor (NY State Co-Champion)

85.7’ x 16.39’

Tom also measured just the height of the former National Champion Norway Spruce to 118’+; a fence surrounds the tree, preventing direct measurement by tape. Additional species observed but not measured include:

Bur, White, and Northern Red Oak
Bitternut, Shagbark, and Shellbark Hickory
White Ash
American Basswood
Black and Pin Cherry
Sugar, Red, and Freeman Maple
Kentucky Coffeetree
Bigleaf Magnolia
Cucumber Magnolia
Eastern Hemlock
Austrian, Scots, and Red Pine
Plus many I forgot or we missed.

The natural forest surprised Tom and I in that, while it is obviously managed by thinning, it does contain some old trees. Tom counted just over 200 growth rings on one White Ash stump, and I got about 120 rings on another. Some Sugar Maples look to have similar ages as the Ashes.

The only photo I took was of the Swamp White Oak:
NY Co-Champion Swamp White Oak
NY Co-Champion Swamp White Oak
"There is nothing in the world to equal the forest as nature made it. The finest formal forest, the most magnificent artificially grown woods, cannot compare with the grandeur of primeval woodland." Bob Marshall, Recreational Limitations to Silviculture in the Adirondacks

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