Thursday, July 19, 2012

Meeting a Former Champion

This bur oak in Missouri was the U.S. champion bur oak for quite a long time until someone found a bigger one in Kentucky.  Here are some statistics I found online:

Age: approximately 350 years old

Height: 90 feet high
Spread: 130 feet across
Circumference: 287 inches 

We were impressed.
Sadly, out there on its own, its chances for procreating diminish but I read that its DNA is to be preserved.

The Kentucky winner is thought to be about 500 years old and just a few feet taller, with the diameter  being the same as this one.

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