Larry Mahan’s wife, Donna Mahan, with their dog Gert (who has since passed away)

Larry Mahan’s wife,Donna Mahan, with their dog Gert (who has since passed away); Credit: Larry Mahan

SPECIES NAME: Shumard oak, Quercus shumardii
LOCATION: Anna, Ill.
CIRCUMFERENCE: 328 inches
HEIGHT: 94 feet
CROWN SPREAD: 101 feet
TOTAL POINTS: 448
NOMINATED: 2002
NOMINATED BY: Larry Mahan
FUN FACT: Named after Benjamin Franklin Shumard, a 19th century doctor, paleontologoist and geologist,
the Shumard oak is a long-living tree in the red oak group. The national champion is estimated to be between 300 and 350 years old.

Ron Ellis (left), owner of the Shumard oak, and William McClain (right), retired state forester in Illinois, taking measurements of the national champion

Ron Ellis (left), owner of the Shumard oak, and William McClain (right), retired state forester in Illinois, taking measurements of the national champion; Credit: Larry Mahan