How a True Champion Keeps On Growing

The Blithewood Maple (also known as the All Saint’s Maple) still stands on the Bard College campus after being struck by lightening and possibly torched by vandals. In 1985, the tree was recognized as New York’s champion red maple, but later lost this title after lightening greatly reduced its size. Then, in the spring of 2005, the tree caught on fire “under mysterious circumstances.” Estimated to be around 350 years old, this tenacious tree is still champion in my eyes!
The Blithewood Maple
Photographed November 29th, 2015 at the Blithewood Estate, Bard College, New York.

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