Eastern cottonwood tops them all
Kansas City, Mo. – A stately tree in Kansas City’s historic Kessler Park now holds the
The new champ topped the state’s former biggest cottonwood that grows in the St. Louis area, said Chuck Conner, the MDC urban forester who measured the tree. Kansas City’s latest champion rises from a swale on a bluff near Lookout Point overlooking the Missouri River. The tree is on the Cliff Drive/Kessler Park Disc Golf Course, just west of the old hilltop reservoir.
“It’s an honor for us,” said Kevin Lapointe, city forester for Kansas City. “We’re glad it’s in the park system where everybody can come up and enjoy it.”
The tree has a 344-inch circumference and is more than nine feet wide through the middle of the trunk. It is 125-feet tall with a crown spread of 120 feet. The cottonwood scored 499 points under the formula utilizing measurements that MDC uses to score state champion trees. Conner said the towering cottonwood is likely more than 70 years old.
Steve Aduddell of Grandview nominated the tree.
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