What are the tallest and oldest NYBG trees currently?


NYBG trees that stand tallest and oldest:

Our tallest and ‘biggest’ tree (keep in mind there are various ways to calculate “largest” tree) is a tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera) in the Azalea Garden – the exact accession # is 24815*AT, which you can read more about and locate on a map using NYBG's Plant Tracker.

The black oak (Quercus velutina) in the triangle just south of the Azalea Garden is estimated to be over 200 years old but there’s a red oak (Quercus rubra) on Spicebush Trail in the Thain Forest that is purportedly older than that.

NYBG Plant Tracker Tool

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service


  • Last Updated Mar 21, 2023
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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