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GREAT OAK TREES AND OTHERS by

J.

O.

WRIGHT

I notice the description of the Oak near Ellough in Transactions Vol. XII pt. 3, p. 207 " girth 20 ft. 10J ins. " which A. Aston claims must be almost the largest oak in Suffolk. At New Beils Farm, Haughley, is an oak estimated by several forestry experts as 1,000 years old with the following measurements : Girth 35 ft. 3 ins. (at 4 ft. since owing to the bases of branches this is the narrowest point. At 5 ft. the girth would be at least 50 ft.). Branch spread 111 ft. Height approximately 73 ft. Sorry Mr. Aston, the Ellough oak is relatively a sapling ! Incidentally the January, 1963, issue of the Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society lists the biggest known trees in Britain of about 100 species. Height

Girth

Quercus pedunculata

128' 70' 40'

14'10" 3 2 ' 3" 3 9 ' 9"

M a r c h m o u n t , Berwick Sparkford, Somerset Bowthorp, Lines. (pollarded)

1954 1961 1955

Q. sessiliflora

120' 90'

21' 29'

Nettlecombe, Somerset Shobdon, Hereford

1959 1959

Powis Castle, M o n m o u t h

1961

hybrid

90'

1" 1"

3 3 ' 6"

Place

Date Observed

Species

The only other trees to reach a girth of 30 ft. are : Cedrus Libani

3 4 ' 9" (at 2 ' ) Cheshunt, Herls.

1954

?

3 4 ' 1"

Ulcombe, K e n t

1948

?

3 9 ' 6"

Canford, Dorset

1953

Hex aquifolium

49'

3 1 ' 9"

Doncaster

1955

Tilia vulgaris

90'

37'10"

C o b h a m Hall, K e n t

1953

Ulmus procera

?

3 1 ' 0"

East Bergholt, Suffolk (one 130' x 1 1 ' 7" at Chisvvick Hse., L o n d o n )

1942

Taxus

Baccata

Castanea

sativa

66'


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GREAT TREES

Other trees of which the largest in Britain occur in Suffolk are : Pinus nigra caramanica

137'

12' 8"

Ickworth (one at Bury Hill, Surrey, has 14' girth but is only 102' high)

1955

Tsuga canadensis

114'

8 ' 2"

Hardwicke (one 8 7 ' x 1 2 ' 9" at Studley Royal Yorks, 1958)

1954

58'

1 1 ' 7"

Worlingham (one 1 0 2 ' x 7 ' 5" at W o b u r n , 1956)

1956

76'

2 1 ' 9"

Worlingham Hall (one 126' x 1 1 ' 7" in Devon, 1957)

1956

Betula

verrucosa

Quercus lucombeana

I hope to identify the species of the Haughley oak during the summer.

THE FIBROUS-ROOTED by

JANET C .

OXALIS-CORNICULATAE N.

WILLIS

I have sent the result of my enquiry about the distribution of O. corymbosa in Suffolk to Dr. D. P. Young and find that it rampages all around Ipswich, Woodbridge, Saxmundham and Dunwich. I cannot assume, however, that it does not occur elsewhere simply on the grounds that I have had no reports of it. I now want to air another trouble. With the Corniculatae it is not bulbils but botanists who make trouble ; people may consider these plants tiresome weeds if, in rooting them out, they leave broken bits of stem lying about

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