Bob Van Pelt has just measured the "Ruby Tree", the new AFA co-champion ponderosa in Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada Range. Site altitude 5,300 feet.
His volume estimate is an astounding 5,398 cubic feet !
This would make the Eldorado National Forest ponderosa larger than even some of the biggest recorded sugar pines like Yosemite Giant which as 9.2' dbh, 269' tall and 5,390 cubic feet of trunk volume.
Bob says he was blown away by this tree. He has seen no other ponderosa with such a gigantic lower trunk.
No other ponderosa he has seen measures up to this one...except maybe the old AFA champion in Shasta-Trinity National Forest which grows in the Klamath intermediate ranges with different climate and soils. Site altitude at the champion Trinity ponderosa is about 4,400ft. I recently calculated the volume of the giant Trinity ponderosa at 5,240 cubic feet, a close rival to the Eldorado tree. I am curious what Bob Van Pelt gets for the Trinity giant ponderosa. Will keep the forum updated if he gets around to measuring it.
Bob's relaskop and lower trunk tape wrap diameters are as follows:
Total Volume 5,398 cubic feet
Over 8' thick at 8' above ground and over 7' thick at 50' above the ground. Arguably, another 4ft could be added to the height interval figures because these were taken at the top of the 4ft debris pile that surrounds the tree.
This giant ponderosa pine is a real spanker !
- 6'3" Mike Hanushick and 8.6' dbh Eldorado National Forest Ponderosa
- Don Errington Under the Ruby Tree. He discovered and nomiated it
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on Mon Aug 22, 2011 1:13 pm, edited 2 times in total.