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Sycamore In Carroll County Qualifies As “Maryland’s Biggest Tree” New Co-Champion
CARROLL COUNTY — Maryland Big Tree Program volunteers working with the Carroll County Forestry Board recently discovered a giant sycamore qualifies as the new co-champion “Maryland’s Biggest Tree,” as well as the new State Champion sycamore. The sycamore is located near Little Pipe Creek on the Smith family dairy farm in New Windsor.
The landowner is not taking any credit for the natural wonder. “What can I say? It’s a big tree,” said John Elmer Smith. “The good Lord planted the seed… I had nothing to do with it.”
The prized sycamore, Platanus occidentalis, stands a statuesque 121 feet tall and boasts a trunk circumference of 27 feet at 4 ½ feet above the ground. The previous “Maryland Biggest Tree” and current co-champion is a silver maple located in Cecil County and like the sycamore, earned 464 points.
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see and measure this excellent example of a species very familiar many Maryland residents, “said John Bennett, Maryland Big Tree Program Volunteer Manager.
Official “Big Tree” designations are based on a point system. To nominate a tree for Big Tree status, three measurements are needed: the trunk circumference at 4 ½ feet above the ground (in inches); the vertical tree height (to the nearest foot); and the average crown spread (to the nearest foot). The trunk circumference, height and ¼ average crown spread is added to calculate the total points. Members of the Maryland Big Tree Program must visit the site and verify the three measurements.
For more information, email John Bennett at: Mdbigtreeprogram@aol.com.
October 22, 2007
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