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Black walnut receives conservancy board honors

June 08, 2005

SMITHSBURG - Joyes Bowman's black walnut tree is a beauty and now that's well-known.

A 150-year-old black walnut tree just outside Bowman's home near Smithsburg has been honored as a champion for 2004 by the Washington County Forest Conservancy Board.

Last June, the board sponsored a contest to find the largest black walnut tree in Washington County, Board Chairman John Clatterbaugh said. Bowman's tree is believed to be the largest.

In 1984, the black walnut tree was named the official tree of Washington County, Clatterbaugh said.

The largest reported black walnut tree in Maryland is in Anne Arundel County, he said.

That tree is more than 21 feet in circumference, 92 feet high and has a crown spread of 102 feet, he said.

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