SPANISH LAKE, MO (KTVI)- The storms the rocketed through the St. Louis region on May 31 destroying home and businesses also took away a state record in the St. Louis area. The Missouri State Champion eastern cottonwood tree, located on Columbia Bottom Conservation Area, was toppled during the storm. The 127 foot high tree was located on Columbia Bottom Conservation Area in Spanish Lake was apparently done in by high winds.
The downed tree was discovered Saturday morning. There was no charred wood or other evidence of a lightning strike.
The tree had a circumference of 310 inches, height of 127 feet, and 103 foot spread. It was designated State Championship eastern cottonwood in May of 2012.
With the Columbia Bottom tree gone, the State Championship will now be passed on to an eastern cottonwood located on private property in Platte County.
The largest Missouri tree currently recorded is a bald cypress in the Missouri Bootheel, with a circumference of 320 inches, height of 128 feet and a 73 foot spread.
More information on Missouri’s State Champion Trees can be found at mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/outdoor-recreation/missouri-state-champion-trees.