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[6a] The Thirteen Tree Species with the Broadest Crowns (Single Trunked).

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RANK

SPECIES.

LARGEST OF KIND [ AND STATUS].

WHERE ?

GREATEST SPREAD OF LIMBS, and YEAR.

SOURCE.

   1.

"COOLIBAH"  (EUCALYPTUS  MICROTHECA).  [Myrtaceae].

"MONKIRA MONSTER" [living].

Neuragully Waterhole (18 miles from Monkira Station in southwestern Queensland, Australia).

Approx. 239 feet in 1954.  Stated as 250 yards circumference.

Arthur Groom, "The Monkira Monster", WILD LIFE AND OUTDOORS (January 1954) pp. 9-13.  And:  A.E. Brooks, "Tree Wonders of Australia" (1964)

   2.

"RAINTREE"  or  "MONKEYPOD  TREE"  (SAMANEA SAMAN).  [Mimosaceae].

"SAMAN DE GUERE"  [Living, but decrepit].

San Mateo, Aragua State, Venezuela.

207 feet in 1857.

"The Garden" (London) Vol. 1 (January 6, 1872) p. 155.    Other individuals, perhaps growing wild, are stated to be as much as 262' 6" (80 meters) in crown breadth. See: http://florawww.eeb.uconn.edu/200100540.html   One Raintree in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Trinidad and Tobago grew ninety-six feet wide in just fourteen years.  See "Tropical Agriculturist" Vol. 1 (May 1, 1882) p. 938.

   3.

"SILK-COTTON  TREE"  or  "KAPOK"   (CEIBA PENTANDRA).  [Bombacaceae].

"THE BIG TREE"  [Living].

Barro Colorado Island, Panama.  This is a scientific nature reserve within the waters of the Panama Canal.

AVERAGE of 201 feet in 2003.  This same tree, judging from photographs with human figures, is not less than seventeen feet thick above the buttresses.

Dr. Al C. Carder, "Giant Trees of Western America and the World"  (Madeira Park, British Columbia:  Harbour Publishing, 2005) p. 129.   Measured by Prof. Robert Van Pelt.

  4.

VALLEY  OAK  (QUERCUS  LOBATA).  [Fagaceae].

The "SIR JOSEPH HOOKER OAK". [Died 1977].

In Bidwell Park, Chico, California.

 200 feet in 1922.  It had one limb 105 feet in length and another 99 feet long.  It was also 110 feet in height.  After its death, the ring pattern in its trunk revealed that it was actually two oaks which had fused together. They were 325 years old.

"The National Republican" newspaper (April 22, 1922).  And:  Howard E. Davenport, "A Story of California Big Trees" (Stockton: Calaveras Grove Assoc., 1949)  p. 31 plus photo p. 32.  And also:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooker_Oak

   5.

"WEEPING  FIG"  or  "JAVA  FIG" (Ficus benjamina).  [Moraceae].

No name ?  [Living].

Peradiniya Botanical Garden, near Kandy, Sri Lanka (Ceylon).

182 foot AVERAGE in 2008 (Crown covers 2,420 square meters).  Although this species is typically a banyan, this individual has only a couple of modest size supplementary trunks.

   6.

"MORETON  BAY  FIG"  (FICUS  MACROPHYLLA).  [Moraceae].

Name ?  [Living].

Santa Barbara, California.

181 feet in 1997.  Reportedly reaching 198 feet in width by 2010.

Trees in the wild up to 230 feet, or even 250 feet.

"Calif. Resister of Big Trees" at  www.ufei.org/BigTrees/bigtreelist.lasso   (Then click "Ficus macrophylla").  Also:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moreton_Bay_Fig_Tree_(Santa_Barbara_California)  

   7.

"AHUEHUETE" or "MONTEZUMA  CYPRESS"  (TAXODIUM  MUCRONATUM).  [Taxodiaceae].

"EL GIGANTE" or "EL ARBOL DEL TULE"  [living].

Santa Maria del Tule, Oaxaca, Mexico.

175 feet in 1960.  Broadest of all conifers.

John Haller, "A Most Remarkable Tree", AMERICAN FORESTS  Vol. 84 # 1 (January 1978) p. 23.

   8.

"LIVE OAK" (QUERCUS  VIRGINIANA).  [Fagaceae].

"E. O. HUNT OAK"  [living].

Long Beach, Mississippi.

170 feet in 2007.

   9.

"GRAY  POPLAR"  (Populus caudescens).  [Salicaceae].

No name. 

This one near Weston, Missouri

170 feet.

"American Forests" magazine.

  10.

"AMERICAN  SYCAMORE"  (PLATANUS  OCCIDENTALIS).  [Platanaceae].

"LANDSDOWNE SYCAMORE"  [living].

Near Landsdowne, Pennsylvania.

169 feet in 2006.

  11.

"BATAI"  (Albizzia falcata; or A. moluccana).  [Mimosaceae].

No name.

Native to the Moluccas Islands, Indonesia.  This individual in Hawaii.

167 feet in width.

Lorna C. Littlecott, "Hawaii First", AMERICAN FORESTS Vol. 75 # 2 (February 1969) p. 15.  And: McFarlan and McWhirter, "Guinness Book of Records" (1992 American edition) p. 57.

   12.

"JAPANESE  BLACK  PINE"  (PINUS  THUNBERGIANA).  [Pinaceae].

Name not stated. [deceased].

On shore of Lake Biwa, near Karasaki (twelve miles north of Otsu), Japan.

160 feet in 1961.

"Japan - The Official Guide" (Tokyo: Japan travel Bureau, 1961) p. 746.

   ?

"COAST  LIVE  OAK"  (QUERCUS  AGRIFOLIA).  [Fagaceae].

"THE PECHANGA GREAT OAK" [living].

On the reservation of the Pechanga Native American nation, east of Temecula, California.

176 feet average width  in 1999.

www.oldtemecula.com/pechanga/images/greatoak5.jpg .  And:   www.ufei.org/BigTrees/bigtreelist.lasso   (Then click "Quercus agrifolia).  Like the Cajueiro Pinangi (see "Largest Multi-trunked Trees"), most of its branches rest upon the ground and may be rooted, making it, in the eyes of some, a clone.

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