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London Grove White Oak

Post by wodewose » Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:51 am

This Penn Oak is famous around the Kennett Square area. It can be found in the yard of the London Grove Quaker Meetinghouse. According to their lore, it was already a notable tree in 1683 when William Penn chartered Pennsylvania. That makes it at least 335 years old. Although I believe it to be pre-colonial, at 400 years +, Scott Wade believes it to be maybe around 350yrs old. In any case, it is a truly magnificent tree. Though not especially tall, it is approximately 7 feet or more in diameter with a spread of over 180 feet. The bottom limbs alone are 3 feet or more in diameter. I've never seen another oak like it!
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Re: London Grove White Oak

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:59 am

I have seen that oak a couple of times. Yes it is a magnificent tree. There are also some big white oaks in New Jersey that have been mentioned on these forums, if you look in the New Jersey part of the site.

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Re: London Grove White Oak

Post by Erik Danielsen » Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:58 am

Beautiful. Great open-grown white oaks like this are always a special thing to see. I've measured a number of them between New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, but none with a limb spread that hit 180'! That is quite a crown, and all the more remarkable as none of the limbs visible in the photo rest on the ground (as many of the broad-reaching oaks do).

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Re: London Grove White Oak

Post by tclikesbigtrees » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:43 am

The spread for that tree is 117 feet as per the Pennsylvania champion tree website.

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Re: London Grove White Oak

Post by Erik Danielsen » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:50 am

I assumed that the 180' figure was for the maximum limb spread. The figure on the champion tree website would be average spread, right? The figures are potentially compatible.

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Re: London Grove White Oak

Post by wodewose » Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:48 am

tclikesbigtrees wrote:The spread for that tree is 117 feet as per the Pennsylvania champion tree website.

Tom
The PAbigtrees website is more accurate than I am! I must be misremembering the figure, so exaggerated...

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