- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - A hackberry tree in a Pendleton cemetery has been recorded as the largest of its kind in Oregon.

The East Oregonian reports (https://bit.ly/2ezGXIW ) that the Olney Cemetery tree is 78 feet tall and 175 inches in circumference. Although it is the state’s largest, the hackberry wasn’t quite big enough to surpass the largest recorded hackberry in Findlay, Ohio.

Parks and Recreation Director Donnie Cook says retired forester and city tree commission chairman Dave Powell suggested submitting the information to a big tree registry.

A typical hackberry tree grows to about 50 feet but they can be as tall as 110 feet. The species typically lives between 150 and 200 years, but Cook can’t be sure how old Pendleton’s is without chopping it down.

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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