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Tree Information x

Identifier: WPR/0004
Registered By: Valdine G. Johnson
Genus: Populus
Species: deltoides
Common names: eastern cottonwood,
Height: 20.60 m
Diameter: 112.9 cm
Avg. Crown Spread: 23.50 m
Champion Tree Score: 227

Location

Suburb: Point Douglas East
City/Town: Winnipeg
Region: Winnipeg
   
 
General Notes:
Officially designated as a Manitoba Heritage Tree!
Read about it below and watch the video!

First nominated as a heritage tree in 1987 by Valdine G. Johnson, a Winnipeg resident. Planted on Arbor Day, May 1891 in the schoolyard of Point Douglas School in Winnipeg (now Argyle Alternative High School) by a nine year old girl named Bessie Goodman. Misunderstanding the concept of "tree planting" to be done by city officials, Bessie dug up a tree from the riverbank, when her principal explained that there was to be tree planting on the school's property. After the officials had left, the teachers decided to let a disappointed Bessie Goodman plant her little cottonwood by the school's water pump. The overflow water from the pump allowed the tree to survive and it grew bigger than all the other trees in the schoolyard. Now over 100 years old, the cottonwood still remains in the same place and continues to flourish. In about 1950, Mrs. Bessie Goodman's daughter, Mrs. R. Hixxon, came from Chicago to see the cottonwood tree and tell the Winnipeg Free Press about the story. It read "A Little Girl Tells Story of Big Tree" by Sonja Warenko.

Source: Manitoba Forestry Association. 1987. Heritage Trees of Manitoba. Canadian Forest Service. Winnipeg, Manitoba. P. 20.

Update: On October 1, 2015, the Point Douglas School Cottonwood, located on the east side of Argyle Alternative High School, 30 Arglye St., in Winnipeg, became the first tree to be officially recognized under the Manitoba Heritage Tree Program. The Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, Tom Nevakshonoff, was joined by Rob Altemeyer (Wolseley MLA), Gerry Engel (Trees Winnipeg), Patricia Pohrebniuk (Manitoba Forestry Association), Mark Wasyliw (Chair of the WSD Board of Trustees), and the staff and students of Argyle Alternative High School in announcing this special honour. Take a look at our photos!
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Filename: WPR.0004P.deltoides.f.jpg, Image Credit: Kerienne La France. All rights reserved. Permission must be obtained before any reuse of this image.

Tree Information x

Identifier: WPR/0004
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Valdine G. Johnson
Registration Category: Provincial Heritage Tree- Historic Tree
General Notes:
Officially designated as a Manitoba Heritage Tree!
Read about it below and watch the video!

First nominated as a heritage tree in 1987 by Valdine G. Johnson, a Winnipeg resident. Planted on Arbor Day, May 1891 in the schoolyard of Point Douglas School in Winnipeg (now Argyle Alternative High School) by a nine year old girl named Bessie Goodman. Misunderstanding the concept of "tree planting" to be done by city officials, Bessie dug up a tree from the riverbank, when her principal explained that there was to be tree planting on the school's property. After the officials had left, the teachers decided to let a disappointed Bessie Goodman plant her little cottonwood by the school's water pump. The overflow water from the pump allowed the tree to survive and it grew bigger than all the other trees in the schoolyard. Now over 100 years old, the cottonwood still remains in the same place and continues to flourish. In about 1950, Mrs. Bessie Goodman's daughter, Mrs. R. Hixxon, came from Chicago to see the cottonwood tree and tell the Winnipeg Free Press about the story. It read "A Little Girl Tells Story of Big Tree" by Sonja Warenko.

Source: Manitoba Forestry Association. 1987. Heritage Trees of Manitoba. Canadian Forest Service. Winnipeg, Manitoba. P. 20.

Update: On October 1, 2015, the Point Douglas School Cottonwood, located on the east side of Argyle Alternative High School, 30 Arglye St., in Winnipeg, became the first tree to be officially recognized under the Manitoba Heritage Tree Program. The Minister of Conservation and Water Stewardship, Tom Nevakshonoff, was joined by Rob Altemeyer (Wolseley MLA), Gerry Engel (Trees Winnipeg), Patricia Pohrebniuk (Manitoba Forestry Association), Mark Wasyliw (Chair of the WSD Board of Trustees), and the staff and students of Argyle Alternative High School in announcing this special honour. Take a look at our photos!

Single Tree Details

Genus: Populus
Species: deltoides
Common names: eastern cottonwood,
Given Name: Point Douglas School Cottonwood
Height: 20.60m
Height measurement method: Clinometer & Tape - tangent
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 354.8 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.3700 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 112.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 23.00m
Crown Spread B: 24.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 23.50m
Actual Planting Date: 1891
Approx. Planting Date:
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 126 years
Tree Health Description: Alive, healthy condition
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 227
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Physically Present: Yes
Heritage Score: 0

Observations

Date Observer Action
30 Mar 2015 S. Feuer, A. Kraayveld
16 Jul 2013 Carla Church, Sarah Thorarinson & Kayla Orten (Trees Winnipeg)
01 Jul 1987 Benum, M. & Hildahl, V.

Location

Latitude: 49.902167
Longitude: -97.129258
Location Name: Argyle Alternative High School
Address: 30 Argyle Street
Suburb: Point Douglas East
City/Town: Winnipeg
Region: Winnipeg
Location Description: On the east side of the school on Argyle St.
Public Accessibility: School/University
Local Authority: City of Winnipeg

Images

Preview Credit Date
Kerienne La France 01 Oct 2015
Kerienne La France 01 Oct 2015
Sarah Thorarinson 30 Jul 2013
Mike Grandmaison, Heritage Trees of Manitoba, 1987 01 Jul 1987
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