It is not surprising that one of Kansas City’s oldest neighborhoods is home to one of Missouri’s largest known living trees.
It is in Kessler Park in the Northeast area. The Missouri Department of Conservation made the determination, The Kansas City Star reports.
The tree is an eastern cottonwood positioned in the middle of the park’s disc golf course. The tree is visible from Reservoir Drive so curious people can see it.
This late in the fall, it won’t look too terribly grand. However, by spring with its new leaves and new state title, the tree will be a standout.
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It is 125 feet tall with a spread to match and nearly 29 feet around. It is thought to be about 70 years old.
The Northeast area has many huge trees, helping to give Kansas City its moniker of a City in a Forest. But because of this tree’s special designation, City Hall should begin a campaign among schoolchildren to provide this tree with a name.
It would be a cool, community building project and even provide a tourism boost for Kansas City and the Northeast area. Imagine taking a selfie with a group of people under Missouri’s largest known living tree.