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American Basswood (Tilia americana)

American Forests National Tree Register, Species: American Basswood (Tilia americana), State: KY
Description Resides beside Henry Clay’s tomb in Lexington Cemetery. This tree was a former national champ.

Location Lexington Cemetery, KY

This champion American Basswood of Kentucky made its debut on the National Register of Champion Trees in 2017. It is the largest known tree of its species in the country as reported to American Forests. This tree is recognized not only for its size but also the critical ecosystem services that it provides such a food and shelter for wildlife, its water purification abilities, and its role in absorbing CO2 from our atmosphere and storing carbon in its wood.

Photos credited to Brian Kelley

Trunk circumference276 inches
height102 feet
crown spread 85.5 feet
Total points399

Nominated ByKent Slusher
Year Nominated2012
Date Crowned2017-08-16
Year Last Measured2016
Record Reference #5136

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September 15th, 2016|Categories: Big Trees|Tags: |