The Lutheridge Pine & the Kimberly Clark Holly, Arden NC

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The Lutheridge Pine & the Kimberly Clark Holly, Arden NC

Post by James Parton » Thu May 27, 2010 11:50 am

ENTS,

Yesterday on my way to work I made a couple of stops to measure two nice trees I had noticed beforehand. The first is a really nice Pitch Pine that is located off hwy 25 in Arden behind the new Walgreens store. It is in a field owned by the Lutheridge Conference Center & Camp. Hence I will call it the " Lutheridge Pine ".

I had noticed from the road that the tree was of good form and was quite large in girth. I was guessing 6.5 feet to 8 feet cbh. But walking up to the tree I thought, WoW, it is larger than I thought. Wrapping the tape around it at 4.5 feet it came out to be a whopping 10 feet 1 1/2 inch cbh! It is a single trunked tree too, with no sign of being fused together from two smaller trees. It is the third Pitch Pine this year I have measured over 10 feet cbh. I recently measured another over 9 ( The Craig Pine ).

The Lutheridge Pine was also a bit taller than I expected. I guessed 65 feet. I measured the pine from two different locations to find the highest point of its rounded crown. The first measurement came up to be 73.2 feet. The second to 73.7 feet. A bit higher than I guessed.

I patted the tree a farewell and headed on to the second tree. An American Holly located in front of the Kimberly-Clark plant near Hendersonville.

The Kimberly-Clark Holly really looks impressive from the road. I spied it a couple of months ago while taking a shortcut from hwy 25 to Four Seasons Blvd with a friend. I guessed the tree to be at least 6.5 feet in girth and about 40 feet tall.

Upon measuring the tree I found it to be 39.8 feet tall. Very close to my 40 ft guess. The tree was 6ft 2in cbh. A little smaller than I had guessed but still nice. This is one tree that the numbers really do not show how nice the tree is. The trunk splits up in the tree and has heavy limbs with thick dense foliage. It is more massive than many much taller forest trees I have measured. Naturally this is due to it being an open grown tree.

It was amazing on how much better I felt at work following this tiny outing. Trees re-energize the soul!

Check out the photos. I used my new Blackberry phone to take them. It does fairly well.

James
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Re: The Lutheridge Pine & the Kimberly Clark Holly.

Post by dbhguru » Thu May 27, 2010 7:57 pm

James,

You're racking up some cool pitch pines. Lots of folks here in New England are accustomed to seeing 3 to 5-ft girth 50 to 65-footers in sand plains, although they get much bigger. Are you keeping a list of the pitch pines your measuring?

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Re: The Lutheridge Pine & the Kimberly Clark Holly, Arden NC

Post by James Parton » Thu May 27, 2010 11:22 pm

Bob,

The Pine Lord has spoken! Actually, compiling a list is a really good idea. I will extract the data from the individual posts they are in. I would like to see them listed together myself. It seems Pitch Pine is a little neglected compared to some other pine types, like Loblolly and White. Will Blozan has got one over 13 feet cbh and it will be hell to beat. I think 10 foot class PP is really big and a 13 foot class tree is almost unimaginable. That is big even for White and Loblolly pine. Height wise I think Will has gotten some 130 ft class ones. My tallest is just under 120.

I would like to see what Barry could find in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Even if he only girth measured the trees he found significant. So far the trees there do not seem to approach many that I see here in the NC mountains.

James
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