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Western Michigan University has a 46-foot tall dwarf that may be a Champion

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Stephan Keto with students, alumni and volunteers in front of the large dwarf hackberry tree.
Stephan Keto with students, alumni and volunteers in front of the large dwarf hackberry tree.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Western Michigan University may have a champion on campus, its not a student athlete or a great thinker. It’s a tree.

The University is waiting for certification that one of 29 Dwarf Hackberry trees found growing near the Stadium Drive Apartments may be the tallest in Michigan, perhaps the Nation.

The plant also known as the Georgia Hackberry rarely grows this far north. In fact they are a protected species in Canada because they are so rare.

Their 46-foot tall dwarf may have 5 feet on the nearest rival growing in North Carolina.

The long range plan is to take down other invasive trees that might one day crowd them out and perhaps put up benches and create a nature trail through the grove.

 

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