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Author Topic: Very large elm or not?  (Read 1580 times)

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Offline chop

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Very large elm or not?
« on: October 22, 2015, 11:24:04 PM »
Hello. I googled "Michigan Biggest Elm" trying to compare a large elm near my house to other large elms. Found this site in my search and since I couldn't find any other place to compare trees I thought I'd try my luck here. The tree near my house is 18 1/2 feet around at 4 1/2 feet off the ground. Can anyone tell me if this is anything special or just a nice and majestic tree, Thanks. Hope this is the correct place to post this

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Re: Very large elm or not?
« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2015, 02:46:01 AM »
It's a big tree alright, but is it the biggest? The Michigan Botanical Club's Big Tree Program appears to track big trees. They don't have all of their information on line, but you can contact them through their website:

Nationally, American Forests register the big trees. Assuming it is an American Elm, yours has a bit of growing to do. (18.5' circumference is about 222 inches. - That's about 5.9' DBH)

Tree Circumference:324
Crown Spread:79
Total Points:455
Location:Iberville, Louisiana
Nominated By:Glen Poche
Year Nominated:2010

This champion American Elm of Louisiana made its debut on the list of American Forests Champion Trees in 2010, as it is the largest known tree of its species in the country.

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Re: Very large elm or not?
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2015, 09:32:01 AM »
Thank you for enlightening me. That's a whopper in Louisiana

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Re: Very large elm or not?
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2015, 11:32:09 AM »
I think there are state champion lists also. ;D
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Re: Very large elm or not?
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2015, 05:27:35 AM »
The neighbor had a pretty big one here, but not as big as yours. It died after they logged everything else off the lot. They rot fast to, not much of anything left now on the ground.

Pre-commercial thinning pays off. :)

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Re: Very large elm or not?
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2016, 12:23:47 PM »
It is indeed a pretty large specimen.
I put one down this fall bordering one of our fields...36" DBH.
The biggest tree I've ever died during the summer.
My daughter counted the rings @125 years !
It produced 6.5 face cords of 16" stove wood...pretty impressive to look at a beast like this fall to the ground !

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