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The Oldest Trees In New York City Are The Queens Giant And The Clove Lake Colossus

The Oldest Trees In New York City Are The Queens Giant And The Clove Lake Colossus
Ignacio Zara
The Oldest Trees In New York City Are The Queens Giant And The Clove Lake Colossus

Tulip Poplar. Photo attribution Lindley Ashline

The Oldest trees in New York City are the Queens Giant and the Clove Lake Colossus.

New York is the capital of the world speaking about arts, entertainment, writing or music. But this amazing city has other surprises. It has marvelous parks full of iconic lakes, sculptures, and trees. What is the oldest tree in New York? The Queens Giant in Queens, and the Clove Lake Colossus in Staten Island have rivaled for long time.

The Queens Giant is located in Alley Pond Park, it’s the second-largest public park in Queens, New York City. It occupies 655.294 acres (265.188 ha), most of it acquired and cleared by the city in 1929.

The Queens Giant is an old Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). As of 2005, the tree measured 133.8 feet (40.8 m) tall and is probably 350-400 (and possibly as many as 450) years old. It’s surrounded by a metal fence on all sides to protect it, and a hill and a sign describing the tree stand in front of it.

The Tulip Poplar is native to eastern North America from Southern Ontario and Illinois eastward to Connecticut and southern New York, and south to central Florida and Louisiana. April marks the start of the flowering period. The flowers are pale green or yellow (rarely white), with an orange band on the petals; they yield large quantities of nectar.

Clove Lakes Park

Clove Lakes Park

Clove Lakes Park is a public park located in the New York City borough of Staten Island, in the neighborhood of Sunnyside. It’s home to many species of indigenous wildlife. For example, fishes such as bluegill, pumpkinseed, and carp. Birds like red tailed hawk, kingfisher, cormorant, red-winged blackbird, Canada geese, and mallard. And reptiles and amphibians, like the common snapping turtle, eastern painted turtle, and occasionally even the red back salamander. The park is also home to mammals, like gray squirrels, muskrat, eastern cottontail and the eastern chipmunk.

The Clove Lake Colossus is a 300-year-old tulip tree. It has a more massive trunk than Queens Giant, but it is only 119 feet (36 m) tall. Really wonderful too!

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you! New York City rocks! Don’t you think so? Tell us your opinion about NYC and its parks, flowers and trees.

Video: Alley Pond Park.

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