Atlanta city Rucker Height Index - January 2011

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Atlanta city Rucker Height Index - January 2011

Post by eliahd24 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:55 pm

The Rucker 10 index for Atlanta (trees within the I-285 boundary) is now just shy of 140' at 139.6'!

Here's a brief rundown, with more details in the attachment:

Species CBH' Height' Location
Liriodendron tulip. 13.25 166.20 Beecher Hills
Carya glabra 6.70 142.60 Beecher Hills
Quercus alba 8.33 142.50 Fernbank Forest
Pinus taeda 9.42 142.20 Fernbank Forest
Liquidambar styrac. n/a 140.20 Herbert Taylor Park
Quercus rubra n/a 139.20 Herbert Taylor Park
Quercus coccinea 10.50 131.90 Herbert Taylor Park
Fraxinus americana 14.00 131.60 Louise G. Howard Park
Tilia americana 6.96 130.50 Fernbank Museum
Pinus echinata 6.50 129.40 Fernbank Forest
RUCKER 10 Index 139.63
Fagus grandifolia n/a 129.40 Emory University
Platanus occidentalis 17.08 129.10 898 Monroe Circle, Atlanta, GA
Carya cordiformis n/a 127.00 Emory University
Ulmus alata 6.73 126.60 Fernbank Forest
Populus deltoides 13.50 125.30 Herbert Taylor Park
Quercus falcata 8.63 123.50 Fernbank Forest
Quercus nigra 12.32 121.40 Cascade Springs
Pinus strobus 5.96 121.30 Frazer Forest
Quercus velutina 5.10 121.30 Fernbank Forest
Nyssa sylvatica 6.30 120.20 Fernbank Forest
RUCKER 20 Index 132.07
Acer saccharum 6.17 119.40 Beecher Hills
Quercus hemis. 6.38 116.40 Fernbank Elementary
Fraxinus penn. n/a 113.70 Herbert Taylor Park
Quercus phellos 18.30 112.40 6 Lakeview Dr, Avondale Estates, GA
Quercus bicolor 6.21 112.10 Parkwood Park
Acer saccharinum 7.21 111.00 Herbert Taylor Park
Prunus serotina 5.50 111.00 Fernbank Forest
Carya illinoiensis n/a 110.30 Herbert Taylor Park
Acer rubrum 6.20 109.30 Lionel Hampton Park
Diospyrus virginiana 3.92 108.60 40 Oaks Nature Preserve
Quercus stellata 6.75 108.00 Beecher Hills
Juglans nigra n/a 105.00 Fernbank Forest
Carya tomentosa n/a 100.50 Cascade Springs
Oxydendrum arb. 6.16 99.40 Cascade Springs
Celtis occidentalis 5.08 94.10 Lullwater PATH
Pinus elliottii 6.71 91.60 328 Clifford Ave, Atlanta, GA
Betula nigra 7.83 89.22 East Palisades
Quercus coccinea 11.54 85.30 Piedmont Park
Quercus michauxii 10.50 83.80 1/2 way down Murray Hill Ave
Magnolia grandiflora 3.54 83.55 Fernbank Forest
Magnolia macrophylla 2.60 82.70 Cascade Springs
Catalpa bignonoides 5.83 81.00 53 Rockyford Drive
Acer negundo n/a 80.10 Beecher Hills
Robinia pseudoacacia 5.33 78.50 Decatur Cemetery
Ilex opaca n/a 77.10 1006 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA
Magnolia acuminata 2.21 74.82 Woodlands Garden
Juniperus virginiana 4.25 74.40 Frazer Forest
Magnolia tripetala 2.38 73.70 Beecher Hills
Ostrya virginiana n/a 70.40 Medlock PATH
Pinus virginiana 4.50 67.90 Decatur Cemetery
Rucker 50 Index 109.33
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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by eliahd24 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:56 pm

again, i apologize for the horrid formatting above. The attached pdf is much cleaner and has more data/info.

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by dbhguru » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:31 pm

Eli,

Simply outstanding! Your city-wide list is inspiring. Any chance of get an Excel file listing the top 5 TTs by height for different Atlanta sites?

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index

Post by eliahd24 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:50 pm

No problem Bob. I can do that when I'm back in the office tomorrow. Email me a reminder to eli.Dickerson@fernbankmuseum.org

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Post by edfrank » Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:52 am

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index - January 2011

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:06 pm

Eli, Wow! Those are impressive trees some must be over 150 years old. Larry

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker 10 index - January 2011

Post by eliahd24 » Wed Jan 26, 2011 1:44 pm

I think you're absolutely right Larry, and not just based on size (which can be misleading as we all know). I've seen recently cut stumps and done fairly accurate ring counts on oaks, hickories, and tuliptrees in the area that are 130-190 years old... some pre-Civil War for sure. I plan to core some in Fernbank Forest in the coming months as well.

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker Height Index - January 2011

Post by eliahd24 » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:43 pm

Found another wonderful tuliptree today. City champion at 354.5 Big Tree Points. Second documented tree in Atlanta city limits over 160'- this one came in at 166' tall x 14' 3.5" CBH, and 69' average spread. Simply amazing for an urban tree, though it was in a forested riparian buffer.

Also found a 14' x 137' Quercus alba with a 96' spread (massive for a forested White Oak around here!) within throwing distance of the big Tuliptree. Both on City of Atlanta park property. Both covered in English Ivy :(

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Re: Atlanta city Rucker Height Index - January 2011

Post by dbhguru » Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:10 pm

Eli,

You, George Fieo, Steve Galehouse, Randy brown, Turner Sharp, and others are adding impressive new sites and trees to our ENTS database. I wonder what heretofore undocumented tall tree sites are lurking in Georgia, southern PA, Ohio, and other areas where tuliptrees can be expected to grow well?

I can't wait to get back down to the southern Apps. April is not that far away. But the snow is still piled high here and the cold doesn't let up. This morning it was 3 degrees Fahrenheit and tonight is going to be about the same. Some of the hill towns are dipping below zero. The good news is that the adelgid has been struck a big blow and it gets harder as you go north. Lake Placid in the Adirondacks was -17 degrees Fahrenheit this morning.

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Co-founder and President
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Re: Atlanta city Rucker Height Index - January 2011

Post by eliahd24 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:13 pm

Good Lord that's cold! It's been spring-like here in Atlanta for almost a month. Wildflowers are up and many trees are flowering and leafing out. Can't remember the last frost or freeze we had. Dry and 60's/70's until today when it was a brisk 44 degrees :)

If I've learned anything from tree hunting in Atlanta, it's that there are likely many more superlative trees and sites all around us- we just need to look. For instance, looking back at some of Jess Riddle's lists from 5 or 10 years ago I noticed that the tallest Tuliptrees were in the mid-150's. White Oaks around high 120's. Now I have probably a half dozen tulips over 155' in the city of Atlanta alone and at least two White Oaks over 140'! I falsely assumed that I'd only find what we consider "tall" trees way up in the N. Georgia mountains, but came to realize that there were plenty hiding right here in town!

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