Tallest Maple 'Humboldt Honey' 157.8 ft / 48 m

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    M. D. Vaden Active Member 10 Years

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    vitog Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    I see that the BC Big Trees Registry shows a Bigleaf Maple 160 ft tall in Stanley Park. That was measured in 2002; so I don't know if it is still alive. If it is, it may have grown even taller, or lost its top in a recent windstorm. It would be interesting to find out its current status.
     
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    About a week ago, I called the park about that one. The person I talked to also said the location listed for the tree is the part of the park that was took the biggest hit from the storm.

    There is a big question mark about the measurement. Dr. Van Pelt (Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast) mentioned this summer that more than a handful of tall tree measurements have been off the mark. Including a 158 ft. (said to be) maple in Washington, that was really closer to 148 ft. tall.

    It seems a curious thing that when tall tree measurements are off the mark, they generally seem higher, rather than lower.

    A nice upgrade for future big tree registry lists, would be to include the equipment or method used to measure the height. Whether climbing, laser, comparing shadow heights, stick method, etc..

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    New measurement for 2014

    Breached 160 ft.

    160.43 ft / 48.89 m

    Good growth and plenty of space between nodes, even through the very dry year in northern California.

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