OLD CHERRY TREE IN MCDONOUGH
Donald A. Windsor
These photos were snapped on 17 July 2016.
Could this Black Cherry tree (Prunus serotina) be the oldest of its species in Chenango County? If not, please tell me about a competitor.
This specimen is along the Finger Lakes Trail in the McDonough State Forest, between Bliven-Sherman and Gale roads, about a stone's throw to the southeast. It is not readily noticeable; you have to look for it.
I first encountered this specimen back around 1997 and first photographed it for my article in The Evening Sun in 2002. Unfortunately, that photo is no longer available for reproduction here, but it does appear in the references below.
I identify with this gnarled old tree, because we are growing old together. Unfortunately, I suspect who will ultimately outlive whom.
Windsor, Donald A. A gnarled survivor. The Evening Sun (Norwich, NY) 2002 April 15 Monday; 112(21): 17.
Windsor, Donald A. A gnarled survivor. In: Souvenirs of Yesteryear. Exploring Chenango County, New York. Norwich, NY: Self published. 2008 December 5. Pages 12-13.