I had measured this tree in 2002. Not being able to find it for many years I ran accross it this past January. I wanted to come back and measure it. I wonder if it was 2 trees that grew together or is it one tree that is splitting apart as the tree ages.
2002 Measurements 2015 measurements
Height 83 79
Circumference 202 226.25
Canopy 77 & 77 91 & 65
Total Points 304.25 324.85
I did not have a clinometer in 2002, so the height was measured by holding a pencil against the and then figure a perportion to a known height and multiplying. Now with a clinometer my height measurement is much better.
The circumference has grown by 22 1/4 inches in 13 years.
That is 1.72 inches a year or or 0.85% a year.
In the 13 years the circumference increased 11%
Another thing to consider is the tree has a crack between the 2 bowls. Has this crack increased to make the circumference bigger?