00-04 – The Wye Oak (Quercus alba) was among the first group of five trees listed on the National Champion Tree roster many decades ago. This white oak from Maryland was by far the largest of its kind ever found, and a small state park was dedicated surrounding it. Just before a violent storm destroyed it Starhill Forest Arboretum obtained two seeds from it. Once was planted at the Arboretum, and its twin is here. It’s “just” a white oak, but we can’t rationally use the word “just” to describe such a special tree with such genetic breeding potential.
Location: 39.821272 N, 89.661245 W
Map: Get walking directions here.