It was sad news to hear on Arbor Day Friday. The tallest ash tree in the country has lost its crown. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources reports that the 114 feet tall national champion black ash was found to have been damaged in a wind storm.
The tree stands on private property in Clayton County near Pikes Peak State Park. The top 30-35 feet section toppled over. It was discovered by a team that was planning to give it a preventive treatment for emerald ash borer. No sign of emerald ash borer was found.
The attached picture is courtesy the Iowa Arborist Association.
The tree was 110 inches in diameter and it had a crown spread of 53 feet. A medium sized ash is about 50 feet tall. The Iowa DNR says the tree that will take its place as the country’s tallest will likely be in another state. Iowa currently does not have a tree close to the measurements.