The Legendary Champion White Oak Lives On August 5, 2015
The Wye Oak State Park in Maryland once housed one of the most majestic white oaks of its time. This nearly 500-year-old tree lived a long and happy life until Mother Nature’s woes caused it to fall in 2002. Read below to find out how the legacy of this brilliant tree lives on today. Maryland’s former state tree, the enormous, regal white oak of Wye Oak State Park, dominated this spot for nearly 500 years, creating shade for surrounding structures built centuries later. In spite of its longevity, a severe and lethal summer storm felled the once mighty white oak in 2002—despite the fact that it had been cabled in the 1990s.
In the tree’s heyday, it stood 96 feet high with an enormous 119 foot spread. To keep its legacy alive, a sprightly, young oak was planted within the former giant’s tree trunk.
For 75 years, American Forests has identified the country’s largest native trees in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. To celebrate, and mark Davey’s 25th year partnering with American Forests, the 2015 National big Tree Program Calendar features special champion trees from across the country, including the unforgettable, former champion white oak.Read More
How to Choose the Best Tree for a Tree Swing July 21, 2015
Summer is here! That means children are out of school and ready to play. What better way to bring joy to your children than a hand-crafted tree swing? Turn your landscape into a playground where kids can run freely, swing high into the trees and enjoy summer’s warm and playful spirit. Below, Greg Mazur, department manager at the Davey Institute, shares his advice on how to pick the perfect tree for your tree swing. Here are Mazur’s Top 3 Tips for Tree Swing Success:
1. Pick A Well Established Tree. Mazur suggests scoping your landscape for an older, well-established tree that is very sturdy and strong. A newly planted tree will not be able to withstand the swing’s weight, affecting its growth and health for years to come.
“It's not a matter of just going outside and selecting a tree and attaching the swing,” Mazur says. “They have to be planted decades in advance.”Read More
The Comeback Champion Tree That Never Gives Up July 14, 2015
The Finger Lakes’ wine country native black locust has been on and off the National Big Tree Program’s list of champions for the last 39 years. Reclaiming its title in 2014, the tree is once again the largest black locust in the U.S. A Champion Black Locust Located: Dansville, New York America’s biggest black locust tree stands in the front yard of a residence in the Finger Lakes wine country. Each spring, thousands of snowy-white, fragrant floral clusters emerge on the grapevines nearby, luring a cloud of honeybees, creating a picturesque scene.
First identified as a champion in 1975, this black locust proudly held the title until 2012. Fighting to regain its worthy award, this grandiose locust made a comeback on the 2014 list. At 99 feet tall with a 72-feet wide canopy, we hope this champion tree reigns for years to come.
For 75 years, American Forests has identified the country’s largest native trees in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. To celebrate, and mark Davey’s 25th year partnering with American Forests, the 2015 National big Tree Program Calendar features special champion trees from across the country, including this come-back-tree, the champion black locust.Read More