Post-Storm Big Tree Update: The Big Catalpa

Well, I went to see the big catalpa tree in Omaha for myself today. I was sad to see that at least one of its major limbs had been removed.

I don’t know yet whether or not this is a result of storm damage. Either way, I’m happy to see that this great tree is still standing, and that it’s bearing new growth in places it didn’t seem to be showing greenery before. That’s a reassuring affirmation of life.

For the time being, then, this Tree of Heaven is the tree of largest circumference in Omaha.

Scientific Name: Ailanthus altissima
Circumference: 16.25 ft
Height: 55 ft
Spread: 54.5 ft
Points: 267
Date Measured : 1/1/2005
Date Nominated : 1/1/2004
Location: Henry Doorly Zoo, NW of the Pachyderm Exhibit, Omaha

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