A special tree
Larch on the march in Nashua
This larch tree on the oval at Swart Terrace in Nashua is believed to be the largest tree of its kind in New Hampshire. It has been nominated as a champion for the New Hampshire Big Tree Program. (KIMBERLY HOUGHTON/Union Leader Correspondent)
An Epping resident and author of a new book featuring various trees throughout the state has nominated an American larch that stands on the west end of the oval at Swart Terrace for the competition.
The larch, which he originally labeled as a European larch but after more study believes it is actually an American larch, stands about 79 feet high. What is more impressive, according to Martin, is the tree's circumference of 118 inches and its average crown spread of 56 feet.
Pappas says it is an honor to have the tree, which is located on common land within the neighborhood, to be nominated for the state title. The New Hampshire Big Tree Program, organized by the University of New Hampshire's Cooperative Extension, records the state's biggest trees.
Martin is hoping that his book, once published, will help New Hampshire citizens understand, identify and recognize different tree varieties, which he said could ultimately prevent them from being cut down in the future.
"It is one of the few trees that loses its needles in the winter," he explained. Martin notes in his book that larch trees are golden in color in the fall, but stark and barren in the winter.
There are some pine trees at Edgewood Cemetery that are incredibly tall, with some of them over 10 feet in circumference, he said, adding that the sugar maple trees within the cemetery are also quite large.
Martin's book, which he hopes to finish soon, features short hikes to the biggest trees in New Hampshire.
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