This past September, two of UMBC’s oldest trees on campus were measured for the Department of Natural Resources’ Maryland Big Tree program. Located on Giffen Hill, the White Oak Quercus alba, also known as the State tree, and the Post Oak Quercus stellata were recorded on the Maryland State Big Tree list. The Post oak measured 79 feet in height, 75 feet in canopy width and 12 feet, 10 inches in circumference, making it the Baltimore County Champion for that species. These trees date back well before the time when the property was occupied by the Baltimore Manual Labor School for Indigent Boys.
The university received certificates of official record for both trees.
More information on Maryland’s Big Tree program is available on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website.