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Spooner Oak

On a limestone bluff more than 100 feet above Rome, Georgia's heavily traveled Broad Street, the "September Elm," keeps watch over the bustle of traffic and the serenity of historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery. The tree is estimated to be 85 years old, and is a red oak known for its purplish-red blooms that can be seen in late September and early October. Rome's September Elm measures 65 feet tall,  has a diameter at breast height of 29 inches and a crown spread of 55 feet.

Rome's City Arborist, Terry Paige, said this tree is the only one of its species known to be growing in Georgia, and can more frequently be found in other states, including Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Paige characterized Rome's landmark tree as "awesome" and said it is "in good health."

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