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Kentucky Color - Bigggg Tree

Now we know the rest of the story: The Big Tree is a proud specimen of the State Tree of Kentucky. Big as it is now, it was even taller eight or 10 years ago, Billy Joe Fudge determines
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By Billy Joe Fudge, Retired District Forester
Kentucky Division of Forestry

The Big Tree has captivated me as I'm sure it has much of the population of North Western Columbia and the Dakota Meyer Highway areas. Well curiosity finally got the best of me so I went on a, find The Big Tree safari.


It is a Tulip Poplar (Yellow Poplar) our Kentucky State Tree. It is a really big tree with quite a bit of history from the looks of it. The tree is forked and you can see the Northern fork has broken off probably 8 or 10 years ago and left the crown really slender which adds to its "reaching the sky" aura.

It is in a fence row and I was not prepared to wade through the bushes, you know chiggers, ticks, etc. so I did not venture up close enough to measure the trunk but would believe it to be in the three feet in diameter range. Don't hold me to it for I must admit that I was somewhat distracted by some of the sweetest blackberries, I would imagine, that I've encountered since last year about this time. - Billy Joe Fudge


This story was posted on 2012-06-18 13:43:54
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Kentucky Color: The Bigggg Tree



2012-06-18 - Paradise Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo by Billy Joe Fudge.
The Big Tree is a Tulip Poplar (Yellow Poplar) our Kentucky State Tree. The Big Tree's two closest neighbors are a Sassafras on the left and a Southern Red Oak on the right. - Billy Joe Fudge

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Kentucky Color: The Bigggg Tree



2012-06-18 - Paradise Lane, Columbia, KY - Photo By Billy Joe Fudge.
The Tree May have been even taller It appears that the broken off fork may have been even larger than the one which remains. - Billy Joe Fudge

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