Largest cottonwood tree in Missouri stands tall and proud in Kansas City

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big tree 1KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City’s historic Kessler Park holds bragging rights. A tree in the park now holds the honor of being Missouri’s largest eastern cottonwood tree.

According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the tree is the largest known living tree of any kind — using formula used by the MDC for measuring trees.

“It’s an honor for us,” said Kevin Lapointe, city forester for Kansas City. “We’re glad it’s in the park system where everybody can come up and enjoy it.”

The Missouri Department of Conservation reports the tree has a 344-inch circumference and is more than nine feet wide. It stands 125 feet tall with its branches spreading out to 120 feet.


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