Oklahoma’s ‘World’s Largest’ Christmas Tree Has Been Repaired
It was back in October that people in Enid, OK announced the town would be erecting the largest live-cut Christmas tree in the world for all to enjoy. Sure enough, they cut a 140 feet tall tree, moved it to Enid, set that bad boy up complete with decorations, and everyone lived happily ever after until the winds came sweeping down the plains.
Think about this for a second. Standing a dead tree for more than a few weeks is sort of crazy. Traditional fresh-cut Christmas trees are usually the type of thing you put up in your house a week or two before the actual holiday. You know why that is? It dries out and gets brittle.
Sure, every live-tree kit comes with a bowl in the base to keep filled with water to slow down the natural decomposition of the tree, but it only works for so long...
Besides, can a tree that big suck that moisture all the way to the top after being cut off at the roots? I'm no arborist but I wouldn't think so, here's why.
As last weekend came to a close, a cold front moved across most of the state. With it came some serious winds. Sustained anywhere from thirty to fifty miles per hour, gusts nearly twice that. When they hit Enid, a considerable length off the top of that tree came crashing down.
Luckily, the arborists that manage the world record tree were able to make repairs on it, once again restoring it to most of its former glory.
It's still the tallest Christmas tree in the world, but if you're using wood screws and glue to keep it all together, does it still count?
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