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Goodding Willow (Salix gooddingii)

American Forests National Tree Register, Species: Goodding Willow (Salix gooddingii), State: NM
Description Age is estimated at 113 years. Healthy tree except located near powerlines. Some crown die-back.

Location Taos, NM

This champion Goodding Willow of New Mexico made its debut on the National Register of Champion Trees in 2010. 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 circumference351 inches
height110 feet
crown spread 94.75 feet
Total points485

Nominated ByPaul Bryan Jones
Year Nominated2010
Date Crowned2010-09-01
Year Last Measured2018
Record Reference #5045

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