Ask an Opossum

By MDC | September 1, 2022
From Xplor: September/October 2022

Hi! I’m Phi, Xplor’s mail possum. I know a lot about nature. If you have a question, email me at

Q: What is the biggest tree in Missouri?

From Margaret, age 4

A: I’ve climbed lots of trees, but I’m gonna phone a friend to answer this. According to the Conservation Department’s “Champion Tree” list, a bald cypress in the Bootheel has the biggest trunk. It’s 327 inches around, which means eight 4-year-olds would have to hold hands to reach around it. The tallest tree is a 150-foot scarlet oak at Lake Wappapello. And the tree with the widest branches is a cherrybark oak in Scott City Park. Even bigger trees may be waiting to be found!


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