Biltmore Village, NC

Moderators: edfrank, dbhguru

Post Reply
User avatar
bbeduhn
Posts: 1279
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:23 pm

Biltmore Village, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:53 pm

Biltmore Village has a green which contains very big, mature sycamores. The largest one has a cbh of 16+' and a height of 145.5'. There's a two topped dawn redwood on the back of that property and a small forested area beyond.

I remeasured the redwood and came out a bit lower. My laser has a clickover issue when I back up while scanning. this has led to some high figures on some conifers. I discovered it last summer so not too many measurements were affected. Some conifers at Biltmore Estate were listed 2-4' high.

The sycamores were a pleasant surprise. All of these are in a small area in the forest. I'm not reporting on any from the green.

Metasequoia Glyptostroboides dawn redwood 123.9' (previously reported at 127.3'. Laser error)

Pinus rigida pitch pine 100.2' 101.7'

Pinus echinata shortleaf pine 94.5' 110.2' 117.0' (previously reported at 115.7', cbh 8'5")

Pinus strobus white pine 118.0' 123.3' 124.3' 127.1'

Liriodendron tulipfera tuliptree 124.3' 125.9' 129.5' 131.0' 131.3'
132.0' 139.4' 141.2' 142.0'

Quercus rubra red oak 108.2' 110.8' 116.9'

Quercus alba white oak 106.1' 110.2' 111.0'

Quercus velotina black oak 94.6'

Fagus grandifolia beech 96.4'

Tsuga candensis hemlock 92.2'

Oxydendrum arboreum sourwood 73.2'

Platinus occidentalis sycamore 116.1' 119.7' 121.1' 123.2' 123.4'
124.8' 142.4'

User avatar
dbhguru
Posts: 4550
Joined: Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:34 pm

Re: Biltmore Village

Post by dbhguru » Fri Apr 19, 2013 6:22 am

Brian,

A 145-foot tall, 16-foot around sycamore is a sight. Congratulations on the confirmation. The other trees aren't too shabby either.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

User avatar
bbeduhn
Posts: 1279
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:23 pm

Re: Biltmore Village, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Jan 14, 2014 3:21 pm

I just hit a few trees for remeasure. The 142.4' sycamore is now 143.0'. I guess it didn't have much reason to grow. It's neighbor, however, had plenty of reason to grow, I just can't figure out why it needed to do so. It was 144' two years ago. It was 145.5' last year. It's open grown and is competing amongst it's many high twigs. It used to be a challenge to find the top, taking 5-7 minutes just to locate the highest point. For some reason, it put up a central leadedr which stands out among the many high points. I measured and went back to my car and did the calculation. I was flabbergasted and went back out to confirm it. Both lasers concurred. The highest candle is now 150.0'! Why did an open grown 100+ year old sycamore have the need to put on 4.5' in one, albeit very wet, growing season? Will, check me out because I'm in disbelief.

The Dawn redwood has been cleaned up and had most of it's lower branches excised. It now stands at 128.6'. I have to recheck some Biltmore Estate redwoods to see if they're higher. One at the WNC Arboretum is now 124.1'.
Brian

User avatar
bbeduhn
Posts: 1279
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2011 4:23 pm

Re: Biltmore Village, NC

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:02 pm

I got some more stats on the big sycamores.

150.0' height 127.6' avg spread 129.9' max spread 17.0' cbh

120.8' height 15'11" cbh

yes, pictures are in order but it slipped my mind to take some.

User avatar
dbhguru
Posts: 4550
Joined: Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:34 pm

Re: Biltmore Village, NC

Post by dbhguru » Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:35 pm

Brian,

I'm not surprised about that central leader on the sycamore that stands out. I've seen that pattern on a number of them up here. Big, broad crown with lots of potential high points, but there is that one that stands out.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
Co-founder, National Cadre

User avatar
Will Blozan
Posts: 1153
Joined: Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:13 pm

Re: Biltmore Village, NC

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:29 pm

Brian,

I nail it with the TruPulse next time I am by and have the time...

Will

Post Reply

Return to “North Carolina”