Erie Big Tree Tour

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Erie Big Tree Tour

Post by djluthringer » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:51 am


On Veteran's Day, Erie big tree legend, Ken Fromknecht, took me on a whirl-wind tour of several large N. red oaks in Erie County, PA. The largest of the day we measured to 20.8ft CBH. It is at least the 6th largest documented in PA (as per Scott Wade's-PA's big tree coordinator, PA Forestry Association big tree website). I'd argue the 1st is a double, and the 3rd blew over about 15 years ago:

Here's the day's tally:

Weeping Willow on West Gore Rd, Erie, PA
20.6ft CBH (single!) x 71.7ft high

N. red oak on RT474 Wattsburg, PA
18.6ft CBH

N. red oak on McClelland St., Erie, PA
19.7ft CBH x 100.5ft longest spread x 73.3ft high
335 AF points
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N. red oak Harborcreek, PA
20.8ft CBH x 136.5ft longest spread x 93.6ft high
377 AF points
Freeman & Irene Harborcreek1.JPG
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Freeman & Irene Harborcreek4.JPG
Freeman & Irene Harborcreek5.JPG
Freeman & Irene Harborcreek6.JPG
Freeman & Irene Harborcreek7.JPG
This 20.8ft CBH red oak is the largest I've personally measured. What a monster, and in great shape!

Best Regards,

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Re: Erie Big Tree Tour

Post by Larry Tucei » Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:24 pm

Dale- Wow! That is one big beautiful red oak! Those are some very respectable measurements of Red Oak and the Willow is awesome as well!! Love the images. Larry

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Re: Erie Big Tree Tour

Post by Erik Danielsen » Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:07 am

That Harborcreek Oak is fantastic! Especially the sheer volume of limb wood above the main bole. The lake erie "grape belt" up into chautauqua county NY as well seems to be very favorable for Q. rubra, I remember seeing a lot of large ones driving from Columbus OH back up to Dunkirk NY on route 5 a couple years ago.

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Re: Erie Big Tree Tour

Post by wisconsitom » Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:29 am

Great red oaks. Love that tree and its associates. As for why this is bolded, I have no idea and the controls aren't working!

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Re: Erie Big Tree Tour

Post by dbhguru » Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:13 pm


Really, really impressive oaks. PA still has many big tree secrets.

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