New grove of tall tulips found within Pequonnock Valley State Park

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New grove of tall tulips found within Pequonnock Valley State Park

Post by ryandallas » Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:57 am

Sometime in February of this year, I discovered a grove of young, very vigorous and very tall tulips in the Pequonnock Valley. This grove has redefined what I thought was possible for this species in Fairfield County. I already knew that young tulips could attain great heights, but I thought that this species needs lots of cover to reach its potential. This new(er) grove, however, does not have a lot of cover. It is growing on the western rim of the valley, largely exposed to the elements. It *is* adjacent to a slope, but the slope is very gradual, not that high and mostly denuded because there's a housing complex on it. This means that tall tulips are probably more common in this area than I had previously figured.

At the Southern end of the grove, which is maybe 150 feet wide and 250 feet long, I found the following trees:

143' x 5'8"
147.5' x 6'3"
147' x 8'3"

I also found this odd tree, which has a crazy height:circumference ratio:

139' x 4'3"

East of center, there's a grouping of six trees that's truly spectacular. These are the tallest trees in the grove:

152' x 7'
154' x 6'3"

I also did some straight up shots in this grouping of six, and the readings were very high. All of the trees in this grouping might be 150+.

Also, the measurements for the 154' tree were taken from only 30' or so away. This is a pure stand, with trees that are packed together very tightly, and good vantage points were not readily available. This tree might be slightly taller.

Overall, this is an amazing place, and a sign of good things to come.

PS If you want to see the grove, look up "S. Edgewood Ave., Trumbull CT" on Google Maps. Drop the street view on the northern end of the road. The trees can be seen to the right.

EDIT: Here are some photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186568131@N05/49425980793/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186568131@N05/49426450481/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186568131@N05/49425979533/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186568131@N05/49425983768/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/186568131@N05/49426677192/in/dateposted-public/
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Re: New grove of tall tulips found within Pequonnock Valley State Park

Post by ElijahW » Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:32 pm

Ryan,

Sweet finds. The rest of the valley, heading north, looks like it has potential, as well. The whole thing sticks out like a sore green thumb in that heavily developed area. Thanks for sharing,

Elijah

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Re: New grove of tall tulips found within Pequonnock Valley State Park

Post by ryandallas » Tue Dec 24, 2019 9:28 am

Thanks for the comment, Elijah. The valley is indeed a gem. However, it seems unlikely there are more big/tall trees to be found in the park.

In addition to having some amazing trees, the park also has some cool geological features. Might post some of those if I get a chance.

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Re: New grove of tall tulips found within Pequonnock Valley State Park

Post by Erik Danielsen » Tue Dec 24, 2019 2:27 pm

With all these vigorous youngish tulip growth sites you've been turning up, it's clearly just a matter of time before you find that 160-footer.

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Re: New grove of tall tulips found within Pequonnock Valley State Park

Post by ryandallas » Tue Dec 24, 2019 5:10 pm

Erik, the candidate for that title has been identified, all I have to do is figure out how to measure it. It's on undesignated town land, so I don;t know how to access it. I was thinking of wearing a reflector vest and a hard hat, so people will think I'm a town worker :) I do intend to do a write-up on TTs in Southern CT at some point before the leaves come out; I just have to hit a couple more sites. In my opinion, 160' is perfectly within reason for southern CT. Such trees would not be common, but they should be out there. The LeClair TT (measured at 155' by Bob himself almost 8 years ago) may have reached that height already.

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