A nice Beech

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A nice Beech

Post by tsharp » Mon May 28, 2018 8:57 pm

April 21st, 2018 found me admiring an amazing Beech nestled on a hillside above the Bluestone Lake (New River) in Summers County near Bellepoint, WV.

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13.0' x 112.8' x 134'

Click on image to see its original size

13.0' x 112.8' x 134')

The tree is on property of the US Corps of Engineers leased to Bluestone Camp and Retreat which used to be a summer camp for church folks - Presbyterians i believe.
Elevation 1600' with a northwestern exposure
The tree does not set any records for height or circumference for a West Virginia Beech but the crown spread is off the charts.
The crown spread is an average of the two-axis method with the maximum at 147'.
The crown was tangled up with some Red Maples (in flower) making height and crown spread measurements difficult.
Also increasing the difficulty were a number of "helpers" that were more of a distraction while trying to study the crown structure.
Both of those measurements should be considered Not Less than (NLT).

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Re: A nice Beech

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue May 29, 2018 10:26 am

Turner- Wow!! That is one heck of a Beech tree! Much taller than any I've measured. This is the largest and tallest I've measured in Ms.
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-11’ circumference at 6’ above the ground with a huge Crown of 90’ x 104’ Height of 114’. Larry

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Re: A nice Beech

Post by Erik Danielsen » Tue May 29, 2018 7:21 pm

That spread really is exceptional. While the trunk looks very much forest-grown, seeing how young the majority of the surrounding trees look, I imagine this tree is a remnant that was left by the most recent loggers and took advantage of the extra growing space.

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