Louisiana University's champion tree may get more room to get bigger

September 22, 2018 - 11:57 am

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) _ A state champion tree at a Louisiana university campus may get more room to grow even larger.
  
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is considering moving a greenhouse to make room for the big Montezuma cypress. Workers have removed four concrete parking spaces, and university officials are planning for a deck with seating around the tree.
  
Montezuma cypress are native to Mexico and Guatemala and are found in south Texas and south New Mexico, but they're not native to Louisiana.

Nobody's certain how this one came to be planted at the Lafayette campus. It's now 60 feet tall and 16 feet around with branches spreading out 80 feet across.
  
The Louisiana Forestry Association declared it the state's largest of its species late last year.

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