The World’s Largest Burl

The first burl to be called the world’s largest burl was cut from the base of a 351-year-old Sitka Spruce tree in 1976. The burl weighs an estimated 22 tons and measures 45 feet in circumference. The new contender for the¬†World`s Largest Burl title was carved off a tall Sitka Spruce tree near Holberg on northern Vancouver Island in 2005. At 6 meters tall, 6 meters in diameter, and weighing an estimated 30 tons, the burl is located in a waterfront park next to downtown Port McNeill. Burls are naturally occurring abnormal formations that develop when extra cells grow on a tree. Small burls are used to make attractive table tops and clocks.

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