Friday, March 29, 2013

Trees, trees and more trees

The Lafayette Elm, Kennebunk, Maine c1900 - click to enlarge
Photo: Kennebunk Free Public Library via
  Maine has millions of acres of forests; but some trees are special.  The Lafayette Elm, in the middle, (above) was named for a visit by General Lafayette in 1825.  The elm died of Dutch Elm Disease in the mid-1950s, along with thousands of other elms throughout New England.
  The Leeds Maple (below) on the banks of the Androscoggin River in Leeds is the largest tree in Maine.  It is estimated to be over 300 years old.  I read about this tree a couple of years ago; I believe it's still alive but was leaning more and more toward a wet ending - in the river.
  The Doughnut Tree (below) is another huge Maine Elm that is no longer with us.  the "doughnut" was created when the tree was very young.

The largest tree in Maine is or was the Maple in Leeds, Maine - click to enlarge
Photo: Maine Historical Society via
The Doughnut Tree, Fryeburg, Maine in 1943 - click to enlarge
Photo: Fryeburg Historical Society via


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