One Very Big Ole Tree

I have a love/hate relationship with the silver maple (Acer saccharinum).  I was told they last 50 years and then start getting diseased and hollow.  I have one in my front yard and it is getting eaten alive.  I’ve mentioned it before.  It needs to go, before it gets too hollow.  But I love the leaves and love letting the leaves rot in my compost for my garden.   The limbs on silver maples form a V-shape from the trunk, which makes them very unstable (as opposed to an L-shape which is stable).

But last weekend when we were at Letchworth State Park, when I saw a very old silver maple tree, I fell in love with the tree.  This particular silver maple was planted by William Pryor Letchworth and Glen Iris Landscaper William Webster in 1868.

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1868!! Wow! That’s 140 years old!

And check this out! I have *never* seen a silver maple like this, ever! How cool is this?

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I mean, can you get over that trunk? I sure can’t. I also love the burl.  And here’s my Mother next to the tree just to show you how huge it is:

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I just can’t get over this tree!  Yes, it is wired, and hollow in places, but still, it is very cool!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook
    Sep 24, 2008 @ 19:27:16

    What a pretty picture of your Mom!
    It looks like she’s sitting on a giant’s foot.

    Reply

  2. Linda in Erie
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 01:49:22

    Your mom looks like she is really enjoying herself. I don’t think I have seen a base of a tree quite like that one. What a wonderful old tree.

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  3. jayne
    Sep 25, 2008 @ 06:51:48

    It’s like it has its own personality and footprint. Your mom is glowing in that photo. :c)

    Reply

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