Eastern New York Old Growth Survey Team
c/o Landis Arboretum, P.O. Box 186, Esperance, NY 12066; 518-875-6935
Forest Survey Report
Data Sheet: WizardofOz-ds01
Source:
from brochure (11/5/01)
Site:
Wizard of Oz
Memorial Oak Grove

North Syracuse, NY
Owner:
North Syracuse School District
Location:
west of Taft Road & U.S. 11
Stewards:
Bob Henry and Tom Howard
Size:
7 acres
Dominant Species: Large Trees
species%locationcomments
White Oak
Black Oak
Northern Red Oak
Red Maple
Additional Species: Large Trees
speciesno.locationcomments
Black CherryMost common understory tree, some large
Black Tupelo
Beech
White Pine1 large tree
Yellow Birch
Black Birch
Other Species: Small Trees
speciesno.locationcomments
Sassafras
Pin Cherry
Choke Cherryin blowdown areas
Shadbush
Large Tree Measurements
speciesdbh (inches)dedicationcomments
White Oak26.9William Shakespearecored tree #13
Red Maple20.5Mother Teresadouble trunk, tallest tree in Grove
Red Oak37.9Mahatma Ghandi
Black Oak19.3Jackie Robinson
first black major league baseball player
cored tree #9
stump sprout, original tree cut in 1875
Red Oak43.7L. Frank Baumcored tree #6
Black Oak46.2Edgar Allen Poelargest on Onondaga County
Black Oak31.2Martin Luther King Jr.cored tree #7
White Oak35.5John Muircored tree #20
largest White Oak in Grove
White Oak24.9Albert Einsteincored tree #8; 102 feet tall
Red Maple32.8John F. Kennedylargest Red Maple in Onondaga County
White Oak26.2John Lennoncored tree #1
Black Tupelo17.1Anne Frankcored tree #16
Tree Trunk Cores
species#dbh (inches)core age (years)date
White Oak#126.21111830
White Oak#226.6124*1860
White Oak#329.21021860
White Oak#422.6111*1875
Red Oak#556.5771770 (1998 fell)
Red Oak#643.7621860
Red Oak#731.21041870
White Oak#824.91171850
Black Oak#919.3120*1875
White Oak#1018.9107*1880
White Oak#1124.31391840
Black Oak#1227.01011865
White Oak#1326.9941830
Red Oak#1429.6801880
White Oak#1525.2611855
Black Tupelo#1617.11121830
Black Cherry#1712.0651895
Sassafras#1812.096*1895
Red Oak#1936.5411860
White Oak#2035.5123*1860
Black Oak#2129.5641850
Red Oak#2225.6771875
White Oak#2318.5119*1870
* = core reached the pith (trunk center)
Snags, Downed Logs, Woody Debris
speciesno.locationcomments
Understory: shrubs
species#locationcomments
Witch Hazel
Understory: herbs, ferns, moss, fungi
species#locationcomments
Trailing Arbutusmain patch destroyed by trail construction
smaller patches survive
Canada Mayflower
Painted Trillium
Goldthread
Clubmoss
Ferns
Wintergreen
Partridge Berry
Fauna
species#locationcomments
Additional Observations
This is an important old growth site that inspired L. Frank Baum to create The Great Forest of The Wizard of Oz, the most famous literary forest of the past 100 years. This grove is a site of worldwide significance. On HourCNY TV show on WNCY, forest ecologist and old growth expert Bruce Zershner said that this grove is "the most historic old grove forest in the eastern US"!


New York Old Growth Forest Association
www.championtrees.org/NYOGFA/ updated: 4/28/2002