Big Trees and Little Trees
by Area Forester Lisa Deaton
Lately we have been recertifying trees for the Virginia Big Tree Register. Trees on this register are checked every ten years to see if they are still alive, and if so, remeasured. The swamp chestnut oak above is located in Mathews County. It is 6.5 feet in diameter and 96 feet tall
We have also recently encountered a number of big trees that are not on the register yet.
The yellow-poplar above (also called tulip poplar and tulip tree) is in the middle of a 40 year old pine forest, but within view of the owner’s house.
The same landowner has a tree that he and his granddaughter have named the Rest Stop Tree (below).
It is a yellow-poplar that fell over sideways early in its life, and the side branches started growing upwards. The tree serves as a favorite rest stop during family walks. Trees that are special for any reason can be nominated to the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project.
These men have traveled from Guatemala and Mexico to work in the southeastern U.S. for planting season. Each man plants about 3,700 trees per day.