Brooklyn, Take Pride!

This is your Champion Carolina holly tree, Brooklyn. Is it not a thing of beauty?
This is your Champion Carolina holly tree, Brooklyn. Is it not a thing of beauty?

Brooklyn, your very fine botanical garden, so revered for its cherry blossoms in springtime, is also home to two champion trees.

Brooklyn, perhaps you read this blog and saw this term, “champion tree” and scratched your giant head and wondered, What exactly is a champion tree?

It is simply the largest tree of its species.  (There are state champions and national champions.) And what’s the formula for calculating a tree’s size? It’s simpler than the Drake equation, I can assure you.

Height in feet + trunk circumference in inches + ¼ average crown spread in feet.

You can read more about your champion Carolina holly and Kansas hawthorn trees by going to this New York Times article.