Christ Church Yew

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Christ Church Yew

Post by TN_Tree_Man » Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:42 pm

ENTS,

Looking over the post regarding some of Great Britain's old trees ( http://www.ents-bbs.org/viewtopic.php?f=196&t=2347 ) reminded me of an old yew (Taxus baccata) that I was able to see in 2007. The yew is located in the Christ Church cemetary in the old city region of Dover, Delaware. The shrub was planted in 1740 and continues to thrive. The folks at the church are very proud of their yew (as well as their history in the community) and will gladly show you around if asked.

Sorry about the picture quality. These are scanned from film.
(The brown spots I believe are from bagworms)
(The brown spots I believe are from bagworms)
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p.s. this is what will happen if you do not keep the hedges trimmed around the house!

Steve Springer
"One can always identify a dogwood tree by it's bark."

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Re: Christ Church Yew

Post by edfrank » Wed Apr 13, 2011 3:37 am

Steve,

Thanks for posting this. We have very few reports from Delaware. The Christ Episcopal Church Yew may be among the oldest planted trees in the US. It is listed in the "Big Trees of Delaware booklet" http://dda.delaware.gov/images/forestry ... dition.pdf as being 52 feet tall x 173.4 inches in girth x 57 feet crown spread. It looks from your photo as if it has multiple trunks? A history of the church an be found here: http://www.christchurchdover.org/Our%20HIstory.html
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Re: Christ Church Yew

Post by TN_Tree_Man » Thu Apr 14, 2011 5:18 am

Ed,

Yep, it has multiple trunks. If memory serves, the stems were about 2 - 2.5 feet in diameter (the picture is not very telling). I posted this mainly for its' age rather than as tree specimen.

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Re: Christ Church Yew

Post by edfrank » Thu Apr 14, 2011 7:16 pm

Steve,

I am always interested in old trees regardless of their form.

Ed
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