Moe Harvey and Deputy Tree Warden Sue Smith with the new champion White Pine.

Vince Crockenberg, Tree Tribe Member and Charlotte News Board President

Since the publication of the last Charlotte Big Trees update in the July 12 issue of The Charlotte News, we have crowned five new champions. They include a new Black Ash with a circumference of 49 inches and a White (American) elm, both on the Donegan Farm on Carpenter Road; a Butternut with a girth of 134 inches on Charlie and Margaret Woodruff’s property on Garen Road; a Honey Locust with a girth of 142 inches on Dylan Preston’s property on One Mile Road; and a White Pine with a circumference of 138 inches on Mary Mead and Moe Harvey’s land.

Since the publication of the Charlotte Big Trees roster in the May 31 issue of The Charlotte News, we have crowned several new champions. They include a new Black Maple with a circumference of 87 inches on Lake Road Extension, a new Sugar Maple of 211 inches on Ron Purdum’s property on Fox Run Road and a new Bur Oak of 182 inches on Hills Point Road.

Champion bur oak. Photo by Meg Berlin.

Matt Krasnow has checked in with two new champions at his place: a Green Ash of 161 inches and, most notably, a successor to the Charlotte and New England champion Slippery (Red) Elm that died last year of Dutch elm disease.  The new champ measures in at only 106 inches, less than half the 232-inch girth of the previous champion, but it’s still young, with, we hope, with a lot of growing to do. And Dale Garvey’s champion White (European) Poplar of 93 inches on Baldwin Road is a new entry on the Big Tree roster.

If you have a candidate for champion status, including one for a species not yet on the roster contact Vince Crockenberg, and a member of Charlotte’s Tree Tribe will set up a visit to confirm the tree’s identity and circumference.

The News maintains a complete list of Charlotte’s champion trees on our website. The list will be updated whenever a new champion is certified.

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