A massive red oak tree recently discovered in Bell Township outside of Pittsburgh will not dethrone the state’s largest-recorded red oak tree, which happens to be located in Delaware County, according to a report from The Associated Press.
The new contender for inclusion in the Champion Trees of Pennsylvania, a registry of the state’s largest trees, was discovered by Pennsylvania Forest Management’s Tom McQuaide.
According to McQuaide, the enormous tree has a circumference of around 26 feet and a height of around 120 feet. It’s estimated to be up to four centuries old.
The tree was discovered near a farm in Bell Township. McQuaide has made already made arrangements with the property owner to ensure the tree remains standing as a monument.
Pennsylvania’s largest-recorded red oak tree is located in Ridley Creek State Park. Its last measurement was in 2010, when it checked in at 144.8 feet tall with a circumference of 221 inches.
Read more about these red oak trees from The Associated Press by clicking here.