Reader takes best guess at mystery tree

The Rockford Squire readers are pretty smart. John Hogan of Cannon Township e-mailed us his best guest of the mystery huge tree in last week’s edition.

“The tree pictured in this week’s Squire is massive, to say the least. Judging from the deeply furrowed bark, and the fact it is at the edge of the river, I’d have to guess it is an Eastern Cottonwood. They get up to 80 feet tall with a 60-foot spread. You’ll know for sure in another month or two if it starts shedding. Small seeds attached to cotton-like strands accumulate like snow drifts—or cotton balls, depending on your perspective—hence the name. Has anyone else suggested it’s a cottonwood?”

Hogan is also a writer who provides the Sunday home and garden column for the Grand Rapids Press.

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