ArboristSite.com Sponsors
 
 


Sycamore Age?

Discussion in 'Homeowner Helper Forum' started by buzz sawyer, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. buzz sawyer

    buzz sawyer Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,987
    Likes Received:
    2,761
    Location:
    Western border of mid-southern northern WV
    I'm trying to establish an approximate age for this large Sycamore tree growing on historical property in Wheeling, WV. It is about 7' dbh and is being taken down due to damage incurred many years ago. There are huge branches growing just below and putting a lot of weight on the damaged area. As I type this, it is being removed. Some have said the tree could be as much as 300 years old. That would make it a sapling when the area was settled in the early 1700s. The owner of the property at the time was Lydia Boggs Shepherd who convinced the Feds to re-route Route 40 so it would pass closer to her home. They have already removed some very large branches from the left side in the photo. 45803433_1916386172000483_5752377247176589312_o.jpg 51243156_10210661500574101_4825508143465234432_n.jpg
     
  2. ArtB

    ArtB ArboristSite Operative

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2003
    Messages:
    448
    Likes Received:
    314
    Location:
    renton wa
    So, what was the count.
    Only half and hour since the photo, will be good timing on the crew efficiency. Maybe not cut off at ground level yet? Working Sunday morning early?

    Just driving by? Perhaps they are simply trimming away fromteh LH side power line?
     
  3. Oldmaple

    Oldmaple Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2012
    Messages:
    2,526
    Likes Received:
    11,931
    Location:
    West Michigan
    300 years old for most trees is unusual without advanced decay being a problem. Especially one that has been around people.
     
    ATH likes this.
  4. buzz sawyer

    buzz sawyer Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,987
    Likes Received:
    2,761
    Location:
    Western border of mid-southern northern WV
    Haven't seen any updates - I'm not in the area right now. The top broke out of the tree maybe 50+ years ago so it's been rotting from the top down.
     
  5. buzz sawyer

    buzz sawyer Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,987
    Likes Received:
    2,761
    Location:
    Western border of mid-southern northern WV
    Here are a few more photos I found from earlier this year.
    DSC_0557res.jpg DSC_0562res.jpg DSC_0564.JPG
     
  6. Jason Douglas

    Jason Douglas ArboristSite Guru

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2016
    Messages:
    523
    Likes Received:
    335
    Location:
    Columbus
    That tree can be preserved.
     
  7. Del_

    Del_ Life is but a song we sing.

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2002
    Messages:
    24,324
    Likes Received:
    4,507
    Location:
    N/E GA
    A lovely tree and I understand to be quite pollution resistant.

    It should be preserved. 300 years old is not out of the question.
     
  8. buzz sawyer

    buzz sawyer Addicted to ArboristSite

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2006
    Messages:
    4,987
    Likes Received:
    2,761
    Location:
    Western border of mid-southern northern WV
    Probably too late now. They are saying there is only about 4" of solid wood and the rest is hollow. I question that but again, probably too late to stop the take down now. I thought they could do some serious weight reduction, but I have no say in the matter.
     

Share This Page