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Washington home to plenty of champion trees

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
May 7, 2010 2:44 pm

American Forests today released its 70th version of the National Register of Big Trees. The list includes 733 champion and co-champion trees from 637 native and naturalized tree species in the United States.

The register is updated bi-annually by American Forests, the nation’s oldest citizens’ conservation group, and sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company. Nominated trees receive a point total based on their height, circumference and ¼ of their crown spread.

Topping the 2010 list is Sequoia National Park’s “General Sherman” giant sequoia. It’s not only the highest scoring tree with 1,321 points, but Earth’s largest living thing and one of only three perennial champs since the first register in 1940, said a news release.

Here in Washington, there are 29 champion and co-champion trees. At the top of the Evergreen State’s list of champs is a Western red cedar in Olympic National Park with 931 points.

Here is the list of Washington champions:

Alaska-cedar Cupressus nootkatensis

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 451 inches

Height: 126 feet

Spread: 27 feet

Points: 584

Year Nominated: 1979

Mountain Alder Alnus incana ssp. Tenuifolia

Location: Umatilla NF

Circumference: 94 inches

Height: 71 feet

Spread: 39 feet

Points: 175

Year Nominated: 1995

Sitka Alder Alnus iridis ssp. Sinuate

Location: King

Circumference: 34 inches

Height: 30 feet

Spread: 34 feet

Points: 73

Year Nominated: 1993

Co champ

Oregon crab Apple Malus fusca

Location: Gifford Pinchot NF

Circumference: 102 inches

Height: 41 feet

Spread: 45 feet

Points: 154

Year Nominated: 2003

Co champ

Oregon crab Apple Malus fusca

Location: Gifford Pinchot NF

Circumference: 90 inches

Height: 48 feet

Spread: 55 feet

Points: 152

Year Nominated: 2003

Mahaleb Cherry Prunus mahaleb

Location: Lake Stevens

Circumference: 79 inches

Height: 41 feet

Spread: 48 feet

Points: 132

Year Nominated: 1993

American Chestnut Castanea dentate

Location: Clarkston

Circumference: 288 inches

Height: 70 feet

Spread: 70 feet

Points: 376

Year Nominated: 2005

Black Cottonwood Populus balsamifera ssp. Trichocarpa

Location: Cowlitz

Circumference: 337 inches

Height: 158 feet

Spread: 80 feet

Points: 515

Year Nominated: 2007

Coast Douglas-fir Pseudotsuga menziesii

Location: Olympic NF

Circumference: 505 inches

Height: 281 feet

Spread: 71 feet

Points: 804

Year Nominated: 1999

Noble Fir Abies procera

Location: Gifford Pinchot NF

Circumference: 359 inches

Height: 227 feet

Spread: 41 feet

Points: 596

Year Nominated: 1964

Subalpine Fir Abies lasiocarpa

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 252 inches

Height: 130 feet

Spread: 26 feet

Points: 389

Year Nominated: 1965

Oneseed Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna

Location: Mount Vernon

Circumference: 113 inches

Height: 36 feet

Spread: 56 feet

Points: 163

Year Nominated: 1993

Mountain Hemlock Tsuga mertensiana

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 234 inches

Height: 152 feet

Spread: 41 feet

Points: 396

Year Nominated: 1995

Co champ

Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 273 inches

Height: 237 feet

Spread: 67 feet

Points: 527

Year Nominated: 1987

Co champ

Western Hemlock Tsuga heterophylla

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 335 inches

Height: 172 feet

Spread: 65 feet

Points: 523

Year Nominated: 1954

Subalpine Larch Larix lyallii

Location: Wenatchee NF

Circumference: 265 inches

Height: 103 feet

Spread: 75 feet

Points: 387

Year Nominated: 1993

English Laurelcherry Prunus laurocerasus

Location: Seattle

Circumference: 109 inches

Height: 33 feet

Spread: 52 feet

Points: 155

Year Nominated: 1985

Rocky Mountain Maple Acer glabrum

Location: Island County

Circumference: 109 inches

Height: 71 feet

Spread: 57 feet

Points: 194

Year Nominated: 1997

Vine Maple Acer circinatum

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 38 inches

Height: 64 feet

Spread: 37 feet

Points: 111

Year Nominated: 1989

European Mountain-ash Sorbus aucuparia

Location: Seattle

Circumference: 121 inches

Height: 46 feet

Spread: 47 feet

Points: 179

Year Nominated: 2003

Greene Mountain-ash Sorbus scopulina

Location: Spokane

Circumference: 24 inches

Height: 14 feet

Spread: 20 feet

Points: 43

Year Nominated: 1993

English Oak Quercus robur

Location: Olympia

Circumference: 209 inches

Height: 108 feet

Spread: 103 feet

Points: 343

Year Nominated: 1993

Common Pear Pyrus communis

Location: Waitsburg

Circumference: 179 inches

Height: 59 feet

Spread: 61 feet

Points: 253

Year Nominated: 1991

Austrian Pine Pinus nigra

Location: Lincoln Park

Circumference: 128 inches

Height: 95 feet

Spread: 55 feet

Points: 237

Year Nominated: 1995

Shore Pine Pinus contorta

Location: Bryant

Circumference: 138 inches

Height: 101 feet

Spread: 37 feet

Points: 248

Year Nominated: 1993

Western Redcedar Thuja plicata

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 761 inches

Height: 159 feet

Spread: 45 feet

Points: 931

Year Nominated: 1945

Western Serviceberry Amelanchier alnifolia

Location: Beacon Rock SP

Circumference: 41 inches

Height: 41 feet

Spread: 41 feet

Points: 92

Year Nominated: 1993

Sitka Spruce Picea sitchensis

Location: Olympic NP

Circumference: 668 inches

Height: 191 feet

Spread: 96 feet

Points: 883

Year Nominated: 1987

Scouler Willow Salix scouleriana

Location: Maury Island

Circumference: 149 inches

Height: 66 feet

Spread: 54 feet

Points: 229

Year Nominated: 1995

Pacific Yew Taxus brevifolia

Location: Mineral

Circumference: 180 inches

Height: 54 feet

Spread: 30 feet

Points: 242

Year Nominated: 1959

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