If you have walked in the upper section of Town Park, you can’t miss the giant sycamore tree (platanus occidental).
Ralph Guyton, a master gardener, suggested Penn State Extension examine the tree. The extension, in turn, gave us the name of an arborist, suggested we call Pennsylvania Forestry and that we visit a website called vpabigtrees.com that lists the biggest trees in Pennsylvania. Russ Gibbs, a service forester, along with my husband, Lou, and Rich Russo, president of the park board, measured this beautiful tree.
After several hours of measuring the circumference, height and spread, we determined the tree was 124.5 feet tall, with a 97-feet spread and a circumference of 19 feet. Points are given for each category and our tree came in at 381 points, making it the number one tree in Washington County – a tree estimated to be 200 years old.
When I walked in the park, I always would think of a poem called “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer that we had to memorize in elementary school in my home town.
As I researched the poem, I found out this poem was set to music and sung by none other than our hometown singer, Perry Como. It was a full-circle moment.
By the way, plans are in the works to accent this tree for visitors to enjoy.