The Wye Oak Tree
The Wye Oak, Maryland's State Tree and the largest White Oak in the United States, toppled June 6, 2002 during a thunderstorm in the village of Wye in Talbot County on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Believed to be more than 460 years old, the beloved tree was purchased by the State of Maryland in 1939 and was declared Maryland's State Tree in 1941. The tree measured 31 feet 8 inches in circumference, 96 feet tall, crown spread of 119 feet - covering nearly one-third acre.
Read about the fall of the majestic Wye Oak from the Fall 2002 edition of The Natural Resource Magazine.