Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Good fall color on this giant White Oak, Quercus alba

This magnificent specimen stands at the intersection of Hickey Lane and Holly Spring Road, a favorite tree of Arboretum visitors and staff alike. The size of this individual suggests it's at least 200 years old. Across the region, I've seen a fair number of White Oaks this size cut and they''re usually just about that age. Why would so many trees date to the early years of the 18th Century?

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