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tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:29 am
by djluthringer

Conducted a program last weekend to re-measure two of our tallest black cherries in the park, consequently the two tallest known in the Northeast located in the vicinity of Ridge Trail.

We were joined by a handful of very interested participants, one of which was in the lumber industry. After several chats and stops along the way with the group oogling tallish black cherries BEFORE we got to the good stuff, I finally had to resort to telling them that they'd have to put their blinders on if they wanted to see the really tall ones. I attempted to pass a tallish black cherry on the west side of the trail since we had never documented a cherry on that side in the 130ft class. I had some in the upper 120's years ago, but after being pestered I submitted to taking the time to re-measure it. Actually, I'm glad they pressed me to take the time to do it, since the tree turned out to be a new 130ft class black cherry coming in at 9.1ft CBH x 134.3ft! So, after swallowing a bit of crow, it was time to move on.

Next stop, trying to re-measure the tallest in the park, first measured by Will Blozan on 4/20/02 at 8.1ft CBH x 137ft high. I subsequently re-measured it sometime prior to 2011 at 8.9ft CBH x 140.7ft high. On 12/16/17, we re-measured it to 8.9ft CBH x 143ft high! Which I believe is still the tallest known in the Northeast. Not sure how it currently ranks with recent tall black cherry measures west and south of PA. This tree has always been a bear to measure. Trying to shoot through multiple canopies, interspersed with hemlock, birch & beech makes finding a window to the top difficult. I did have one shot that put the tree at 146.5ft high, which likely would've been a new Eastern U.S. height record, but... I was shooting through light snow, and the Nikon Forestry Pro laser only registered the long shot say 1 time out of 12. Since I couldn't repeat it from a different angle, I elected to stay conservative at the lower measurement. The lower measurement I WAS able to confirm from another location at only 0.2ft difference, so I feel confident the tree is at least 143ft high.

After that, we worked our way south along the contour, paralleling Forest Road until we came to the Pennsylvania state champ black cherry, the Karl Davies Memorial Black Cherry, last measured on 3/3/09 to 11.6ft CBH x 138.7ft high. This was a tree previously taped dropped & climbed by Will Blozan on 4/23/05 to 11.4ft CBH x 137.3ft. Saturday's new measurements on 12/16/17 now put the tree at an incredible 12ft CBH x 139.9ft tall! I confirmed the new height from an alternate location, but try as I may, I just couldn't squeeze in another inch for it to legitimately put it into the 140ft class. We also re-measured the crown with longest spread at 75.6ft giving the tree 303 American Forests big tree points. A picture can be viewed at the following link, although it'll be a little time before the website can be updated: ... 5203323210

Here's some pics taken from several years ago:
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It was a beautiful day to be in the woods at ground zero for tall black cherries in the Northeast.


Re: tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 4:13 pm
by Larry Tucei
Wow! Dale what an incredible Black Cherry. Blows away any that I've ever seen. Larry

Re: tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:37 pm
by Will Blozan

Man those things are growing well!

FYI- 150' has been breached several times for the species.


Re: tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:00 pm
by George Fieo

Awesome!!! Man I'd love to see them Cook black cherries. Here in the southeastern corner of Pa the max height is around 110'. Its been awhile since we've compared notes. Shoot me an email and maybe we can update the state Rucker Index.


Re: tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:02 pm
by Lucas

Click on image to see its original size

Is there a huge fork in that tree?

Re: tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:28 am
by djluthringer

Yup, about 50ft up.


Re: tall black cherry re-measures

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:28 pm
by ElijahW

Those are some first-class cherries. It’s been several years since I went to Cook; I really should return soon. Thanks for the updates and photos,