A Remarkable honeylocust

Tree Information
Common Name: honeylocust
Scientific name: Gledistsia triacanthos
Category: Historic tree
Notes: Our Fincastle United Methodist honeylocust is beautiful and old. She qualifies for about everyone of your categories. She hugs a tombstone and has been in the church yard for what VDOF forester Bob Boeren figured to be 200 years. Our church is a historic church-- we've had a congregation since 1790 and a church on the site since 1804. The building was recommended by none of other than Methodist progenitor in the US, Francis Asbury, in September 1802. We have pictures of the tree and several others from a book called "Around Town --Fincastle Virginia in Pictures" taken around the turn of the 18th to 19th century and there stands our honeylocust. I also nominated her back in the early 2000's as a national big tree champ. She is second in the nation and first in the state. Another honeylocust in the cemetery is 3rd in the nation and 2nd in the state. She is a remarkable tree and a group of scientists from the National Tree Registry came and took some of her DNA to see if they can clone her. They are studying the ways big trees have managed to survive in what is often a hostile environment with human encroachment.
No picture has been submitted.
Best time to photograph: Any day in spring or summertime
Nominator: Cathy Benson
Location of Tree
County/City: Botetourt
Name of tree owner: Fincastle United Methodist Church
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