Central Texas-2009
Jul 6, 2010Public
Photo: Our first stop in Blanco County brought us to Bamberger Ranch and our state champion Blanco Crabapple (Malus ioensis var. texana), measuring just 9 feet tall and 14 inches in circumference.
Photo: In Johnson City, we remeasured our state champion Vitex or Lilac Chastetree (Vitex agnus-castus).
Photo: Here's the same tree a few years ago in full leaf.
Photo: Mark Duff shows us the state co-champion Cedar Elm (Ulmus crassifolia) along a county road in Kendall County.
Photo: Give four foresters a map and a compass and this is what you get!
Photo: In Kerr County, we searched for an hour for a state co-champ Escarpment Black Cherry (Prunus serotina var. eximia) and only located it after finding the owner's sign.
Photo: So much of the landscape had changed since the last time we visited, this cherry was hard to spot.
Photo: Next, we stopped by to check on our national champion Honey Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa), which had cracked a big limb in a recent storm.
Photo: Since these limbs were still alive (for the moment) it made measuring the tree a challenge.
Photo: Here's what the tree looked like several years ago....
Photo: ...and soon after it was pruned by a professional arborist.
Photo: Our tour of Real County continued to remeasure this national champion Escarpment Cherry on the Detering Ranch.
Photo: This big Lacey Oak (Quercus laceyi) is #2 on our list, also on the Detering Ranch, near a place they call "The Valley of Big Trees."
Photo: In this same spot, we identified another new champion, this one a Carolina Basswood (Tilia americana var. caroliniana).
Photo: Our tour of Real County wouldn't be complete without a visit to our state champion Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum), which is also the biggest tree in the entire state!
Photo: The way the tree forks and its location on the stream bank are the reasons the circumference measurement tops out at 441 inches.
Photo: The difference in elevation between the "high side" and "low side" of the tree makes this one a challenge to measure correctly.
Photo: Close up.
Photo: Our last stop in Bandera County brought us to the national champion Texas Ash (Fraxinus texana), seen here lending support to its nominator, Billy Walker.