That the tree is rare is echoed by County Engineer, Clyde Naylor, who indicates it is the only known tree of its kind in the United States. Landscape experts have not been able to find another one like it. Additionally, the tree has never been successfully cloned or reproduced. Seedlings from the tree have not grown into the same kind of tabletop shape.
The tree is protected, having been one of the first trees to be named a Utah Heritage Tree when that program began in the 1980's. That means the Utah Community Forest Council must be consulted first whenever decisions are made that might affect the tree. The tree is well cared for by multiple County employees who nurture and oversee it daily and have even gone so far as to import thousands of ladybugs to eat unsuspecting aphids. The tree produces seven dumptruck loads of fallen leaves every Autumn and the heavy branches are supported by specialized braces which allow movement and growth.
In May of 2000, the County Commission unveiled a monument telling about the tree and its long history. Members of Roni Christopherson's family were instrumental in seeing the monument project through to fruition.
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