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Brookneal Osage-orange tree loses largest title

Friday - 8/5/2011, 10:23am  ET

BROOKNEAL, Va. (AP) - An Osage-orange tree at Patrick Henry's Red Hill Plantation in Brookneal is no longer the king of its species.

The centuries-old tree has been dethroned by an Osage-orange in Alexandria.

According to the 2011 National Register of Big Trees, the Alexandria tree's crown has a spread of 90 feet. The Red Hill tree's average crown spread is 64 feet. Another tree in New Castle, Del., has a crown spread of 85 feet.

Though the Red Hill tree has lost the title, the News and Advance reports that it is still a towering attraction. Its circumference is 27 feet and it dwarfs a nearby building at the Patrick Henry National Memorial.

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Information from: The News & Advance, http://www.newsadvance.com/


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