Majestic Trees

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Photos of Bob’s top-10 majestic trees


REDWOOD  -  Sequoia sempervirens    Only 5-percent of these 1,500 to 2,000 year old giants remain standing along portions of the northern California and southern Oregon coast.

REDWOOD - Sequoia sempervirens

Only 5-percent of these 1,500 to 2,000 year old giants remain standing along portions of the northern California and southern Oregon coast.


HORSE CHESTNUT  -  Aesculus hippocastanum   The coarse leaves have 5 to 7 leaflets and are known for providing shade in Bavarian beer gardens. Nut-like seeds emerge from green spiky husks, with the look and feel of glossy wood. They are called horse chestnuts or conkers and have a whitish 'eye' at their base.

HORSE CHESTNUT - Aesculus hippocastanum

The coarse leaves have 5 to 7 leaflets and are known for providing shade in Bavarian beer gardens. Nut-like seeds emerge from green spiky husks, with the look and feel of glossy wood. They are called horse chestnuts or conkers and have a whitish 'eye' at their base.


AMERICAN BEECH  -  Fagus Grandifolia   Slow growing hardwood that is an attractive tree in large open areas. Beechnuts provide food for several species of wild animals. The smooth gray bark has been a perennial favorite for sweethearts and vandals to carve their initials.

AMERICAN BEECH - Fagus Grandifolia

Slow growing hardwood that is an attractive tree in large open areas. Beechnuts provide food for several species of wild animals. The smooth gray bark has been a perennial favorite for sweethearts and vandals to carve their initials.


EASTERN HEMLOCK  -  Tsuga canadensis   The State tree of Pennsylvania. Majestic old growth Hemlocks do well in Cook Forest, PA as seen in the photo on the left. Evergreen tree with short, light green needles laying flat on the branch. Found in cool, moist woods.

EASTERN HEMLOCK - Tsuga canadensis

The State tree of Pennsylvania. Majestic old growth Hemlocks do well in Cook Forest, PA as seen in the photo on the left. Evergreen tree with short, light green needles laying flat on the branch. Found in cool, moist woods.


EASTERN WHITE PINE  -  Pinus strobus   Soft flexible silver-green needles in clusters of 5. Fast growth to over 150 feet tall in native woodlands, like the one on the left in Cook Forest, PA

EASTERN WHITE PINE - Pinus strobus

Soft flexible silver-green needles in clusters of 5. Fast growth to over 150 feet tall in native woodlands, like the one on the left in Cook Forest, PA


SUGAR MAPLE  -  Acer saccharum   Fantastic fall leaf colors of yellow, orange and red. Trees are tapped for maple syrup, and the wood is used for musical instruments, furniture and flooring. Rock Maple is another common name due to this tree's hard wood.

SUGAR MAPLE - Acer saccharum

Fantastic fall leaf colors of yellow, orange and red. Trees are tapped for maple syrup, and the wood is used for musical instruments, furniture and flooring. Rock Maple is another common name due to this tree's hard wood.


SYCAMORE  -  Platanus occidentalis   White colored branches give it away. Prefers moist areas along stream banks. Other common names include London Planetree and Buttonball Tree.

SYCAMORE - Platanus occidentalis

White colored branches give it away. Prefers moist areas along stream banks. Other common names include London Planetree and Buttonball Tree.


WHITE OAK  -  Quercus alba   Easy to identify due to its finger-like lobed leaves and stately growth. Of particular note is the 400-year-old Wye Oak in Maryland which boasts a trunk diameter of 8 feet and a branch spread of 165 feet.

WHITE OAK - Quercus alba

Easy to identify due to its finger-like lobed leaves and stately growth. Of particular note is the 400-year-old Wye Oak in Maryland which boasts a trunk diameter of 8 feet and a branch spread of 165 feet.


WEEPING EUROPEAN BEECH  -  Fagus Sylvatica 'Pendula'   This huge weeping beech in Washington Cemetery (Washington, PA) is quite unique in the way it overhangs a roadway.

WEEPING EUROPEAN BEECH - Fagus Sylvatica 'Pendula'

This huge weeping beech in Washington Cemetery (Washington, PA) is quite unique in the way it overhangs a roadway.


WEEPING WILLOW  -  Salix babylonica   Its large weeping form catches your eye from a distance. One of the first trees to leaf-out in springtime.

WEEPING WILLOW - Salix babylonica

Its large weeping form catches your eye from a distance. One of the first trees to leaf-out in springtime.