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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 07-29-2010 10:55 PM 1331 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-29-2010 10:55 PM

for those of you interested in trees as well as lumber , here is a list i enjoyed.

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#1 posted 07-29-2010 11:03 PM

I guess I was mistaken, or I missed it, I thought the ginko tree was among those of extremely long life.

We have a small specimen at our place, but I don’t expect to be harvesting it in my lifetime…

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 01:41 AM

I would like to see each of those trees in person, and marvel…

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 02:16 AM

I’ve seen one of these in person, the General Sherman. The picture is deceptive, because it’s surrounded by equally large trees; the lowest branches are some 200 feet above the ground.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 05:07 AM

Thanks for the posting. Very nice pictures and information.

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#5 posted 07-30-2010 02:36 PM

> for those of you interested in trees as well as lumber…

Hey, that’s me! Thanks for the list, Hokie. Those are incredible! I kinda want to go around and see all of these old beasts one day, thought it would be a very expensive, and perhaps dangerous trip!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#6 posted 08-01-2010 11:23 AM

That was fun!! I have also seen General Sherman and it is unbelievable how big those trees are!!

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#7 posted 08-01-2010 03:40 PM

I just watched ”Avatar”...and wondered how many board-feet were in that huge tree…..

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 10:11 PM

Wow, what incredible trees. I’ve always been curious very very old specimens on earth both living and non-living. Thank you so much for sharing.

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 11:06 PM

I got to walk around the General Sherman when I was 13 (yes, a LONG time ago!). The trees were so stupendous I was completely blown away. Compared to the General Sherman, all we have on the East Coast are bushes.

jusfine, I was under the vague impression that the ginko species is one of the oldest species; I’m not sure how long the individual trees live.

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 11:48 PM

glassyeyes – ginkgo is definitely ancient. It’s a “living fossil.” In fact, not only is it the only plant remaining in its genus (used to be many more), it’s also the only extant seed plant with dichotomous venation of its leaves!

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#11 posted 08-06-2010 12:00 AM

I thikn we should combine this thread with the “Are We/You being responsible?” thread, eventually I bet someone proposes to cut these guys down :)

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