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osage-orange in buckleigh

200-year old Osage-orange tree on what used to be my grandfather's farm and is now the Buckleigh subdivision. The tree was destroyed on the night of July 4, 2007 in a fire started by a firecracker that apparently landed in the tree's hollow trunk.

 

The N.C. Division of Forest Resources, which made the Osage-orange its March entry in this year's state champion-tree calendar, says the tree was 62 feet tall and its crown spread 75 feet. It measured 24 feet around its trunk. State champion trees are the largest recorded specimens of a species, based on girth, height and crown.

 

This photo of the tree is from N.C. Forest Service Division of Forest Resources website.

 

www.dfr.state.nc.us/urban/tree_detail.asp?Tree_ID=112

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Taken on July 7, 2007