Arbor arcanum

Mystery Tree


1151 Village Road, Lancaster PA


Len Eiserer


Architecturally, this specimen is one of the most stunning trees in Lancaster County.  With codominant trunks reaching out in all directions from the middle of a horse pasture, its lateral spread is remarkable.  Most trees give a circular appearance in a satellite image but this tree's outline instead resembles some mysterious South Pacific island.  The tree takes up so much valuable farmland that the landowners must surely be fond of it.


Unfortunately I've been unable to approach this tree.  My wild guess at identification -- as unlikely as it may seem --  is White Mulberry.  


[Arbor arcanum is Latin for "Tree of Mystery."]