A Nice Willow Oak (Ohio)

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Matt Markworth
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A Nice Willow Oak (Ohio)

Post by Matt Markworth » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:29 pm

All,

I stopped by Alms Park on my way home from work and measured this impressive, planted willow oak. I'll go ahead and submit it to the Ohio big tree list, since it ties the current state champ with 310 points. There are several more willow oaks at the park; this one is clearly the largest.

CBH x Height x Avg Spread (Max Spread)
193.5" x 96.6' x 79' (88')

Here's a brief history of the park:
The Frederick H. Alms Memorial Park on Mt. Tusculum offers a magnificent view of the Ohio River at a point originally called "Bald Hill" because local Native Americans cleared the trees to have an unobstructed view of early settlers of "Columbia."

This hilltop 94-acre park was given to the Park Board in 1916 as a memorial to Frederick H. Alms by his wife. The land was once owned by Nicholas Longworth, who produced his Catawba wine there before the Civil War. From its heights, one can see the juncture of the Little Miami River with the gigantic bend of the Ohio, the hills of Kentucky, Lunken Airport, and panoramic valleys.

http://www.cincinnatiparks.com/alms-park
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Matt

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