Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

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Will Blozan
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Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by Will Blozan » Sat Jun 16, 2012 5:42 pm

NTS,

A recent hike up Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern US, prompted me to identify the highest leaf in the east. I had just hiked 3,700 vertical feet, and as a loud ATV shuttled masses of obese humanity to the top where there is an observation deck, I got out my clinometer and scanned the surrounding trees for the highest twig. (unlike everyone else, I was not taking photos of the sign proclaiming the peak the tallest east of the Mississippi River. I bet it is actually tallest east of the Rockies or or some sub-range anyway...)
View from top of Mitchell
View from top of Mitchell
There were three trees which were contenders...
Which one is it?
Which one is it?
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I then confirmed via rangefinder the tree with the highest leader. This one takes the prize. Of course, all three are Fraser fir (Abies fraserii).
The highest leaf!
The highest leaf!
So, in case anyone was wondering, now we know. I doubt any similarly tall peaks in the s. Appalachians have a tall enough tree to surpass this one.

Will

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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:13 pm

Now we know!

Yeah, Mitchell is the highest peak in the eastern USA, not "east of the Mississippi River" as is often quoted. The highest peak east of the big river (in North America) is Barbeau Peak (8,582 feet--much, much higher than Mitchell) on Ellsmere Island in Canada. There are a number of peaks higher than Mitchell east of the Mississippi.

Which trails did you use to get to the summit? Did you start at the Black Mountain campground?

As I've probably mentioned here before, if I had my way, we would tear out the road to the summit and grade it and seed it with native flora. If you want to see the summit, then get off your fat ass and hike there. Can't hike there? Tough.

If only.

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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by James Parton » Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:02 am

Awesome Will. I read " leaf " and thought deciduous trees. My old hillbilly self still calls conifer leaves " needles ".

Ok, here's you a challenge, see if you can find the highest deciduous tree leaf in the Eastern US?
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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by dbhguru » Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:24 am

James Robert,

I had to giggle at your comments about the lard butts. However, they are beginning to outnumber us slender-figured fellers. They can out vote us now. Too much fried food and boxcar loads of MacDonald's fries.

BTW, everybody, Monica and I are on the road now headed to Colorado. Lots of images instore. We're carrying most of our own food. Works better that way. Monica is determined to get her girlish figure back, and I got tired of being the Goodyear Blimp.

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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by Will Blozan » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:56 pm

JP-

It would likely be a mtn ash among the firs.

Will

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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by James Parton » Thu Jun 28, 2012 11:24 am

Mountain Ash...Ah, one of my three totem trees. That is pleasing to hear. It is certainly one of the loftiest of eastern deciduous trees. Birches, and a couple of maple species may rival it though.
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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by bbeduhn » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:10 pm

As i was climbing Mt. Mitchell this past weekend, I took note of the highest sightings of deciduous trees near the top. This is the list I compiled:

1. Mtn ash
2. hawthorn (the only one I saw)
3. elder ( I just learned that one from a sign on the nature trail)
4. fire cherry
5. mtn. paper birch (this occurs on just a few mountains in the South)

From the summit, I located the highest leaves. These are eyeball numbers but are very close:

1. fraser fir ~ 6705'
2, mtn ash ~ 6694'

Mt. Mitchell is 6684' elevation

Also of note, on the way up, a peregrine falcon flew right next to the car.
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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by Will Blozan » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:09 pm

Cool- but why do you have Catawba rhodo as deciduous?

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Re: Highest leaf in the Eastern US?

Post by bbeduhn » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:35 am

Um...yeah, I don't have a good excuse for that.

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