St. Louis, Mo. — As autumn's hidden colors of yellow, red, orange, and purple begin to emerge, autumn is the perfect time to turn our attention to trees. The State Champion Tree Program administered by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognizes Missouri's largest native trees by species.
MDC has recently added another tree in the St. Louis area to that distinguished list: a black hickory on private land in Jefferson County. The tree is 78 inches in circumference at 4.5 feet off the ground, 55 feet tall and has a crown of 35 feet wide.