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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree

Largest Basswood Tree in the United States

 
 
1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
1. 1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree Marker
Inscription.  The National Arborist Association and the International Society of Arboriculture jointly recognize this significant tree in this bicentennial year as having lived here at the time of the signing of our constitution.
 
Erected 1987 by National Arborist Association, International Society of Arboriculture, and Kentucky Shade Tree Association.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesHorticulture & Forestry. In addition, it is included in the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Living Witness Trees series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1787.
 
Location. 38° 3.456′ N, 84° 30.456′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from West Main Street (U.S. 421) 0.1 miles north of Newtown Pike / Oliver Lewis Highway (Kentucky Route 922). Markers and subject tree are located behind the Henry Clay Mausoleum within Lexington Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 833 West Main Street, Lexington KY 40508, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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of this marker. Henry Clay (a few steps from this marker); Mary Desha (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lexington Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Address by President Lincoln (approx. 0.2 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lexington National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ladies' Confederate Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Register of Champion Trees. This champion American Basswood of Kentucky made its debut on the National Register of Champion Trees in 2017. It is the largest known tree of its species in the country as reported to American Forests. (Submitted on July 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Largest American Basswood Tree in the United States. (youtube video of this tree) (Submitted on July 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
2. 1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree Marker
(Henry Clay Mausoleum in background)
1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
3. 1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree
1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree Canopy image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
4. 1787-1987 Bicentennial Tree Canopy
Largest Basswood in the United States Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
5. Largest Basswood in the United States Marker
(mounted on post beside tree)

American Basswood
Tilia Americana
Largest basswood in United States.
Growth rate of about a foot in height a year.
Height 60’ – 80’ • Spread 40’ – 60’
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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