Over 133 years ago, Dr. Joseph T. Rochrock documented Pennsylvania’s largest and most magnificent trees. His purpose was to increase the public’s awareness and interest in the importance of trees to our well-being.
Today, Scott Wade is the official keeper of the state’s champion tree list and web site, PaBigTrees.com, and editor of Big Trees of Pennsylvania.
Most of the oldest and largest trees in Pennsylvania are found in the Philadelphia suburbs and Delaware Valley. Quakers appreciated trees as did industrialists who built large estates. The database provides an avenue to us to connect with the amazing horticulture history that exists in our community. From a European Fernleaf Beech at St. Aloysius Academy to a Hinoki Cypress at Haverford College, PaBigTrees.com ranks state champion trees – the largest of their species in all of Pennsylvania.
We appreciate Scott Wade’s work in maintaining this incredible database and encourage you to visit the website, PaBigTrees.com.
I remember, as a child, visiting friends who had moved from our old leafy neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia to new homes in the...