By Karen Snyder
ORONOCO – Soon a new sign with a Moose Tree logo will welcome visitors to Oronoco Park. The city council, at its May 20 meeting, unanimously agreed to Public Works supervisor Cain Dolan’s request to honor the tree, Oronoco’s largest, oldest, and most unusual resident.
Measuring 91 feet high and 192 inches around, the Moose Tree is Minnesota’s biggest basswood, dubbed by the DNR the “Big Tree Champion American Basswood” (dnr.state.mn.us/trees_shrubs/bigtree/deciduous.html).
The 150-plus-year-old champ thrives in the center of Oronoco Park. Because of fluky limb growth, the tree looks as if moose heads – three of them – perch in it.
The basswood is a celebrity. It’s been featured in newspaper stories, and three years ago, WCCO-TV aired a Moose Tree story.