Is this the world's longest branch?

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John Harvey
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Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by John Harvey » Mon Dec 14, 2020 10:19 am

So I remember reading a post from 2008 where I believe Dr Bob Van Pelt had a black walnut branch at 94' and several other species with limbs in the 70-80' range. Well anyhow my friend Max (he noticed it first) and I have been eyeing up this redwood branch for a while now and the other day as we walked past it I decided to hit it with my laser. The branch starts at around 150' up the tree and hangs down, zig zagging from left to right. From the point the branch starts to the point that I deemed it to end (not easy as there are several sticks to consider) I got 107'. That is a long limb!
Up until a few years ago I'd already would have put photos up but now a days I'm not sure I should because of certain peoples desire to publish every location imaginable. Anyhow, I don't want to get into that discussion but I will see if there is a way to share more without creating yet another social trail...

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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by ride » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:48 pm

not sure, do vertical re-iterations count? because this one has 3 on it...
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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by dbhguru » Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:40 am

Ride,

I'm not sure either. I'll ask BVP and get a definite answer.

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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by gnmcmartin » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:53 pm

John: Is that redwood branch by any chance in Prairie Creek Redwood State Park? Many. many years ago, walking along the trail that runs along the creek I noticed a limb hinging down of astonishing length. I made no attempt to guess at its length, but it was quite something. Has anyone else noticed this one? Redwoods can do some astonishing growth "things."

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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by bbeduhn » Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:41 am

The Angel Oak on Johns Island, SC, has a limb at 112.5' 34.3m. It has a few over 90'. It should easily be the longest limb in the Eastern U.S.

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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by M.W.Taylor » Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:44 pm

John, That's a vertical reiteration.

p.s. Your douglas fir on FB is 320'

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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by BeeEnvironment2020 » Sat Feb 20, 2021 11:34 am

Hi Everyone,
I read that the original Penn Treaty Elm near Philly that was blown down in the 1800s had a main branch that was 150 feet long horizontally if I am correct. The Elm was 24 feet in circumference, and was 283 years old at time of death.
The main branch likely spread towards the Delaware river, downslope.
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Re: Is this the world's longest branch?

Post by bbeduhn » Thu Feb 25, 2021 11:36 am

The 150' branch sounds like the 200' beech, or the 300' white pines. It was likely just an offhand, exaggerated remark not based in actual measurement. A 150' spread is certainly more reasonable. Some trees do have very long branches that snake along the ground, but 150' sounds pretty fantastical. The Angel Oak, a live oak, does have a 112.5' branch that I just measured by laser in November.

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