"You know, I don't think we need to put this on the tree," he says. "Why don't we create a marker for the walk that says, 'state champion pumpkin ash to your west'? I think people can figure it out for themselves."
"I always thought there was only one ash [species] in Anne Arundel," he says. "Now there are two. Sure gives you something to think about."
Anne Arundel County boasts 12 state champion trees, four of which are also national champions. Trees are measured by an American Forests standard formula that incorporates height, circumference and crown.
Yellow poplar (tuliptree): 110 feet high, 429 points
*American beech: 112 feet tall, 428 points
*Chestnut oak: 99 feet high, 406 points
Southern red oak: 109 feet high, 396 points
Pecan: 106 feet high, 320 points
*Shagbark hickory: 98 feet tall, 309 points
Sassafras: 57 feet high, 262 points
Fraser fir: 76 feet tall, 160 points
Pumpkin ash: 58 feet, 108 points
Devils-Walkingstick: 39 feet tall, 63 points
Catawba rhododendron: 18 feet high, 40 points
*Poison sumac: 30 feet high, 53 points
* indicates a national champion
SOURCE: The Maryland Big Tree Program