Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

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Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:18 pm

I'd visited the site before but just covered a small amount of it. I noticed some unbelievably tall Virginia pines so I had to measure further. Previously, a pure stand of VA pines averaged about 90' with two over 100'. This time, 100' was fairly common.

quercus alba white oak NLT 114'
quercus rubra red oak 112.0'
quercus shumardii shumard oak 97.1'
quercus macrocarpa bur oak NLT 96'
platanus occidentalis sycamore 116.3' 110.8'
liquidambar styraciflua sweet gum NLT 114' 115.7'
fraxinus pennsylvanica green ash NLT 114'
carya ovata shagbark hickory NLT 108' NLT 108'
carya glabra pignut hickory 119.2' 114.4'
liriodendron tulipfera tuliptree 133.5'
pinus strobus white pine 105.3' 105.2'
pinus taeda loblolly pine 116.1' 109.8' 107.9' 107.8'
pinus echinata shortleaf pine 106.8' 101.4' 100.4' 122.3' cbh 8'2.5" this is potential state champ for points
pinus virginiana virginia pine 100.9' 102.5' 102.8' 102.9' 104.7' 111.0' 115.9'

Rucker 10 = 117.62' sycamore and sweet gum undoubtedly go higher so it may approach 120'

115.9' is the new state champ for height. State co-champs were discovered a couple of weeks ago, in Asheville by our Prez at 114.9' and along Lake Jocassee by me at 115.0'. This species is undermeasured. Greensboro won't hold the record for long.

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by eliahd24 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:47 am

9' cbh Shortleaf!! That's awesome. I consider 7' cbh to be a large Shortleaf in Atlanta... and those date back to the Civil War or earlier.

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:10 pm

Guilford Courthouse is a Revolutionary War site. There's a chance this tree is from that era, but I'd guess it's a little younger. It's right on the side of the oldest road at the site, about a quarter mile from the presumed site of the original courthouse. A seven footer is what I'd consider a large shortleaf as well.

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:26 pm

I finally got back to the big shortleaf. It's a little smaller in girth than I thought but I got a slightly taller reading as well.
8'2.5" cbh
8'2.5" cbh
122.3'   40' spread
122.3' 40' spread

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by Jess Riddle » Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:05 am

That is a monster shortleaf

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by Will Blozan » Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:29 pm

The Guilford Giant!!!!!!!!

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:36 am

I made two separate trips to this site over the weekend. I was primarily searching for a potential 120' VA pine in which I could not locate the top over the summer. It turned out to be well shy of 120' but i still found quality VA pines. The Guilford Giant shortleaf has grown only slightly in circumference to 8' 3.25".

Day one covered part of the interior of the park. I'd covered a portion of this area before but spent more time on this trip.

quercus alba 120.9' 121.7'
quercus shumardii 108.3'
quercus falcata 94.0' 97.9'
carya septentrionalis 100.6' 104.5' 109.5' 110.2'
platinus occidentalis 114.9' 128.5' 134.6'
nyssa sylvatica 107.5'
liquidambar styraciflua 110.1'
acer rubrum 95.5'
diospyros virginiana 86.0'
oxydendrum arboreum 65.8' 71.6'
fagus grandifolia 106.7' 110.0'
liriodendron tulipfera 121.8'
pinus echinata 94.5' 95.5' 97.3' 97.4' 99.4' 101.7'
pinus virginiana 94.3' 94.9' 96.8' 100.1' 101.6' 102.2'
103.1' 103.8' 105.1' 106.8' 107.8'
109.0' 113.1' 114.4'

I revisted the area by the visitor center. Pignut hickory dominates this section along with oaks and tulip.

liquidambar styraciflua 113.4'
liriodendron tulipfera 118.9' 126.0' 127.1' 128.3' 130.3'
pinus echinata 101.0'
quercus stellata 86.0'
quercus macrocarpa 102.6'
quercus laurifolia 83.3'
quercus shumardii 107.8'
quercus velotina 108.6' 109.7' 115.1'
quercus coccinea 105.4' 113.2'
quercus alba 107.9' 111.4' 112.0' 114.9'
quercus rubra 117.2'
carya alba 95.1'
carya glabra 105.7' 109.6' 112.3' 112.8' 113.9' 115.0'
118.1' 118.7' 122.4' 123.9' 124.1'

Current Rucker leaders

Platintus occidentalis 134.6'
Liriodendron tulipfera 133.5'
Carya glabra 124.1'
Pinus echinata 122.3'
Quercus alba 121.7'
Quercus rubra 117.2'
Pinus taeda 116.9'
Pinus virginiana 115.9'
Liquidambar styraciflua 115.7'
Quercus velotina 115.1'

Fraxinus pennsylvanica 114.0'
Quercus coccinea 113.2'
Carya septentrionalis 110.2'
Fagus grandifolia 110.0'
Quercus shumardii 108.3'
Nyssa sylvatica 107.5'
Pinus strobus 105.3'
Quercus macrocarpa 102.6'
Quercus falcata 97.9'
Acer rubrum 95.5'

R10 = 121.70
R20 = 114.93'

Loblolly and green ash likely go higher.

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Re: Guilford Courthouse-Greensboro, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:28 pm

I got back to the Guilford Giant shortleaf pine. It is growing at 8'7" cbh and 124.6' tall.
giant 1.jpg
giant 2.jpg
giant 3.jpg
Numbers inched their way up a bit and a couple of southern shagbarks were noticed.
A spot I hadn't yet surveyed provided some nice red oaks. They're scarce in most of the park except for red oak ridge.

shortleaf 124.6'
southern shag 120.5' 119.4'
bitternut hick 118.4'
sweetgum 117.5'
sycamore 135.4' 129.9'
red oak 136.8' 127.6' 123.2'
southern red oak 108.5'
white oak 119.6'
tulip 136.4' 135.8' 134.6'

Rucker 10 = 125.23
Quercus rubra 136.8'
Lirio tulipifera 136.4'
Platanus occidentalis 135.4'
Pinus echinata 124.6'
Carya glabra 124.1'
Quercus alba 121.7'
Carya septentrionalis 120.5'
Carya cordiformis 118.4'
Liquidambar styraciflua 117.5'
Pinus taeda 116.9'

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