I love visiting open-grown oaks on sunny, summer days. There is just something about it. Mix in impressive blue ash.... well, it's pretty darn special. I hope to spend many future sunny, summer days measuring ancient trees in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. I first learned about the special trees in the region while attending a presentation by Dr. Tom Kimmerer. I won't attempt to describe the region, because Tom's website already does such a great job. Check it out at http://www.venerabletrees.org
. Thanks to Tom for his work in conserving the ancient trees of the Bluegrass.
Located in Lexington, KY, this 32 acre property became a park in the 1920's. The Loudon House still stands on the property, and was completed in 1852. This history, no doubt, contributed to the survival of these ancient trees. Well, I'm very glad they survived.
I measured species today that are typical for the types of ancient trees in the Bluegrass: blue ash, bur oak and chinkapin oak. The blue ash stole the show. I don't believe we have many measurements for open-grown blue ash, so it was really nice to get to see these trees today. Regarding the heights, many of these trees have long ago lost their tops. Also, I took two measurements to arrive at an average spread, although some of these trees would be good candidates for the spoke method.
circumference at breast height x tree height x average spread (max spread)blue ash
14'9" x 81' x 57' (69')
13'11" x 71'
13'10" x 45' x 51' (53.5')
13' x 58.5'
18'1" x 83.5' x 95.5' (100')
15'5" x 79' x 92' (93')chinkapin oak
17'11" x 36.5' x 58' (65')
14'8" x 66' x 71' (80.5')