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Big Tree Contest: Sycamore

posted by Amy Pond | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Do you have Warren County’s largest Sycamore tree? We are in search of this year’s Big Tree Contest winner, will it be you?

To Enter the Contest:

 

1. Measure the circumference of your tree at four feet up from the base and make a rough estimate of the tree’s height.

2. Call the District with the tree’s measurements and your contact information between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Deadline to enter is August 7th, 2015.

3. If your entry is among the largest we will contact you to make arrangements to have the tree measured by our judges.

 

The winner will receive a plaque commemorating the tree which will be presented at the District’s Annual Banquet Wednesday August 26th, 2015 at Valley Vineyards.

 

Facts:

 

An American Sycamore tree can often be easily distinguished from other trees by its exfoliating bark which flakes off in irregular masses, leaving the surface mottled, and greenish-white, gray and brown. The explanation for this characteristic is found in the rigid texture of the bark tissue which lacks the elasticity of the bark of other trees, so it is incapable of stretching to accommodate the growth of wood underneath.

 

A Sycamore tree can grow to massive proportion, typically reaching up to 100-130 feet high and 5-7 feet in diameter when grown in deep soils.  Ohio claims the largest known specimen in the United States measuring 132 ft. high and 341 inches in circumference located in Franklin County.