Silo Trees of the U.S.

February 20, 2009 at 1:00 am 48 comments

When a young tree is growing in a forest, it starts off as part of the understory and it has to bide its time. The moment a larger tree falls and ready access to sunlight opens up, the tree has to be ready to burst up and take advantage of the opportunity in the canopy.

When you think about it, if a sapling starts its life by chance inside an old silo, it is already provided a permanent opening in the canopy. The young tree doesn’t have to compete with other contenders for the sunlight, but it still is shielded from the wind as if it were surrounded by old growth. A “Silo Tree” has the best of both worlds.

Perhaps that is why I can present so many examples today. Below are sightings of silo trees from Flickr users. They represent 18 different U.S. states and span the width of the nation- from my new home state of North Carolina to GeekHiker‘s California.

california

Where There's a Will... Entitled “Where There’s a Will…”, this shot was taken in Northern California. Photograph courtesy of jessielou79.

illinois

tree in silo Surrounded by cows, this silo houses a tree in Illinois. Photograph courtesy of cdw9.
This Greenville silo tree is located in Bond County, Illinois. Photograph courtesy of mkloefflerphoto. Stubborn tree

iowa

This silo and tree are from Pocahontas County, Iowa. Photograph by McMorr.
This silo tree was spotted during an annual bike race across the state of Iowa. It is between Dumont and Cedar Falls. Photograph courtesy of dazzled. silo with tree in center
Bursting Into The Light This tree was discovered by Homer-Dog at Homer’s Travels. It’s across the road from a B-24 Memorial, south of Walnut, Iowa. Photograph courtesy of Homer-Dog. Hat Tip, Wild Rye.

kansas

Silo tree in Eudora, Kansas. Photograph by notratched.
Silo tree near Lawrence, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf.
Silo tree near Lawrence, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf.
Silo tree near Lawrence, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf.
Silo tree near Lawrence, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf.
This silo tree was spotted two years ago, possibly in Doniphan County, on a trip to Kansas City. Photograph courtesy of monkey at war.
This tree is located on Highway 24 between Lawrence, Kansas and Perry State Park. The photograph won a juror’s merit award in the 2008-2009 Hays Five State Competition and is courtesy of A. Scott Mccauley
Another find by Ken Wolf! This tree is in Douglas County, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf.
Silo with tree This silo tree is located in Jefferson County, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf
Buck Creek, Kansas is home to this silo tree. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf. Silo with tree different view
Silo wlth tree Another find by Ken Wolf in Sibleyville, Kansas. Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf.
Another silo tree from Sibleyville, Kansas! Photograph courtesy of Ken Wolf. Silo with tree

kentucky

Dry Creek Road in Sparta, Kentucky is home to this silo tree. Photograph courtesy of Snassek.

maryland

A silo tree in Carroll County, Maryland. Photograph courtesy of melissss.

michigan

Tree Silo This abandoned silo and tree are on M-113 just past Cherry Speedway. Photograph by \o/ ** Amanda ** \o/

minnesota

Tree in Silo This silo tree is between Minneapolis and Thief River Falls. Photograph courtesy of nicolepete23.

missouri

silo tree This silo tree can be found south of Kansas City on I-71. Photograph courtesy of bratlander.
A sassafras silo tree close to Historic Route 66 near Marshfield, Missouri. Photograph courtesy of Chase Davis.
The photographer believes this silo tree is along I-70 in Missouri, between Blue Springs and Kansas City. Photograph courtesy of jennamay.
A silo tree taken on US Highway 50, just east of Knob Noster, Missouri. Photograph courtesy of ancientlightstudios

northcarolina

Tree in Silo This picture was taken in Claremont, North Carolina which is in Catawba County between Hickory and Statesville. Photograph courtesy of
smpimages.
Hwy 27 in Western Lincoln County, NC gives you a great view of this silo tree. Photograph courtesy of dwhopkins. Tree in a Silo!
This silo tree can be found on Hwy 87 between Rieglewood, NC and Elizabethtown, NC. Photograph courtesy of XtinecoX.
This tree is off of NC-150 on McAlister Road near Lincolnton, NC . Photograph courtesy of kackiejane. Tree in SILO- Just East of Lincolnton

northdakota

Once a Silo... by I'm Pastor Rick This tree is off of ND 3 South in Harvey, ND. Photograph courtesy of im pastor rick.

ohio

Darke County, Ohio is home to this silo tree. It is just west of New Madison on Richmond-Palestine Road, about a mile south of the intersection of Rush Road. Photograph courtesy of sismoon.

oklahoma

Tree growing in old silo This silo tree is located in northwestern Oklahoma just east of Carmen, Oklahoma. Photograph courtesy of marvin908.
Entitled “The Farmer’s Bud Vase”, this silo tree was photographed in Oklahoma. Photograph courtesy of Motley, Mundane and Obscura. The Farmer's Bud Vase
This tree is northeast of Alva, Oklahoma. It’s about a mile east of the highway and a mile north of the railroad tracks. Photograph courtesy of marvin908.
A silo tree north of Enid, Oklahoma. Photograph courtesy of marvin908.
This silo tree was spotted on Highway 81 near Chickasha, Oklahoma. Photograph courtesy of LaCresha.
Photographed in three different seasons, this silo tree is located between Adair, Oklahoma and Big Cabin, Oklahoma. Photograph courtesy of susan *tt*.

oregon

A tree grows in your silo This silo tree is located in Beaver, Oregon. Photograph by Scrunchleface.

southdakota

The Silo Located on a small hobby farm in Watertown, South Dakota, this tree was photographed from inside the silo. Photograph courtesy of Jenah_Smith.
Entitled “Reclaimed”, this photograph captures a silo tree in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Photograph courtesy of Dakota Dave. Reclaimed

tennessee

"Roundtree" of Roundtree Drive, Gallatin, TN Just starting to bud, this silo tree is located off of Roundtree Drive in Gallatin, Tennessee. Photograph courtesy of jasonabradley.

vermont

A silo tree in Lake Champlain’s North Hero Island, Vermont. Photograph courtesy of bob.berch.

virginia

Blacksburg - Silo Tree (Cropped) This silo tree is located off Tom’s Creek Road in Blacksburg, Virginia. Photograph by me!
A silo tree in Bedford County, Virginia. Photograph courtesy of WV Fan. Tree Farm
Tree in silo A silo tree at the Pearmund Winery in Broad Run, Virginia. Photograph by Sharron McClellan.

westvirginia

tree in silo This tree was spotted after an ATV outing in West Virginia. The photographer doesn’t remember the exact location– it could be in Kentucky or West Virginia on a backroad. Photograph courtesy of
goblirschrolf.

wisconsin

This silo and its accompanying tree are near Reedsburg, Wisconsin on Country Road F. Photograph courtesy of loren1996.

To peruse more shots of this phenomenon, be sure to check out the Trees in Silos Flickr group.

If you have seen a Silo Tree of your own or have additional details on any of the trees above, let me know! I would love to expand this list!

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  • 1. serenity  |  February 20, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Very interesting post! I have never noticed silo trees before – not even the ones in Lawrence, where I lived and photographed often! I’m going to be on the lookout for them on my future US photography travels from now on. Thanks!

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  • 2. Aaron  |  February 20, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I guess the silos in Georgia haven’t lost their tops.

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  • 3. tgaw  |  February 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    @serenity – Thanks! All those Lawrence pictures are from one guy! He’s a silo tree enthusiast as well.

    @Aaron- Hey! You’re right! Where are all the Georgia silo trees. You need to work on that! I’m sure your brand new wife won’t mind if you leave her behind to scour the countryside for trees growing in silos. :)

    Reply
  • 4. Anne  |  February 22, 2009 at 5:56 am

    This looks like a new flickr group.

    Reply
  • 5. Silo Trees Additions - February 22, 2009 « TGAW  |  February 22, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    [...] 22, 2009 Two new trees have been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. We also have a new state in the mix- [...]

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  • 6. geekhiker  |  February 24, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Wow, there really IS a flickr group for everything!

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  • 7. tgaw  |  February 24, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    @geekhiker – I… uh… I made the Flickr group. I’m also responsible for “Groundhogs in Trees” and “Kooshballs in Nature”.

    Too much?

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  • 8. Chriggy  |  February 24, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Don’t forget, you were a major instigator in starting “Cats in Suitcases”. :) You may as well be considered a founder.

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  • 9. tgaw  |  February 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    @Chriggy – True. Speaking of which, did you see Cats (and dogs) in Suitcases has over 400 photos in the pool now? Super sweet!

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  • 10. Chriggy  |  February 25, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Yeah, I saw :)

    Reply
  • 11. Season Compare: Bedford County Silo Tree « TGAW  |  February 25, 2009 at 6:02 am

    [...] 25, 2009 One of the Silo Tree photographers, WV Fan, caught his tree in two different seasons. He granted me permission to share [...]

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  • 12. Silo Tree Additions - February 28, 2009 « TGAW  |  February 28, 2009 at 11:03 am

    [...] 28, 2009 Another silo tree has been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. This one makes the Iowa tally up to [...]

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  • 13. Dave Bonta  |  March 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    One of the coolest tree posts I’ve ever seen. Thanks!

    Reply
  • 14. Silo Tree Additions - March 1, 2009 « TGAW  |  March 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    [...] 1, 2009 A new silo tree has been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing and it gives us a new state as well. The 18th U.S. State to be included is [...]

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  • 15. tgaw  |  March 2, 2009 at 12:17 am

    @Dave Bonta – Thank you! I look forward to hosting The Festival of the Trees later this year!

    Reply
  • 16. 3 Year Blogiversary « TGAW  |  March 3, 2009 at 1:04 am

    [...] Silo Trees of the U.S. [...]

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  • 17. Arbor Day: Tennessee « TGAW  |  March 6, 2009 at 1:06 am

    [...] favorite, the Tulip Poplar. The state is home to 37 different Tree Cities and a very lovely Silo Tree to [...]

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  • 18. Arbor Week: California « TGAW  |  March 7, 2009 at 1:04 am

    [...] giganteum) are recognized. California is home to 152 Tree Cities and it just so happens to have a Silo Tree as [...]

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  • 19. Silo Tree Additions - March 8, 2009 « TGAW  |  March 8, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    [...] 8, 2009 Another silo tree has been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing… and it is from Oklahoma! That means Kansas and Oklahoma are now tied with six silo [...]

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  • 20. Georgia (localecology.org)  |  March 9, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Did you get any hits from FOTT 33?

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  • 21. tgaw  |  March 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    @Georgia – By hits if you mean web views, then yes! However, as far as Silo Trees themselves, so far all the sightings have originated from Flickr.

    Nonetheless, I very much appreciate the added traffic from the Festival of the Trees. Thanks for featuring this post! :)

    Reply
  • 22. Arbor Day: Arizona and North Carolina « TGAW  |  March 20, 2009 at 1:04 am

    [...] P.S. North Carolina is also home to three silo trees! [...]

    Reply
  • 23. Arbor Week: Oklahoma « TGAW  |  March 22, 2009 at 1:04 am

    [...] which is home to six silo trees, celebrates trees the last full week of March, so Happy Arbor Week, [...]

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  • 24. Silo Tree Additions - March 29, 2009 « TGAW  |  March 29, 2009 at 1:03 am

    [...] 29, 2009 Two more Silo Trees has been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. Illinois is now up to two different trees and North Carolina just snagged its [...]

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  • 25. Jenah  |  March 29, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    This was a very interesting post! Some of these photos are incredible. I never knew about silo trees until I saw one on my friend’s farm in South Dakota. It just screamed, “I look so cool, take a picture of me”!!! :)

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  • 26. Arbor Day: Missouri « TGAW  |  April 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    [...] which is home to four silo trees, has had a lot more consistency with its Arboreal Emblem than Kentucky. In 1955, Missouri selected [...]

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  • 27. Silo Tree Additions - April 6, 2009 « TGAW  |  April 6, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    [...] 6, 2009 Another silo tree has been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing and we have another state! South Dakota is now represented thanks to a lovely find by Jenah [...]

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  • 28. Arbor Day: West Virginia « TGAW  |  April 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    [...] Virginia, home to at least one silo tree, celebrates its Arbor Day the second Friday of April, so Happy Arbor Day West [...]

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  • 29. Homer-Dog  |  April 13, 2009 at 8:51 am

    One of your our mutual readers suggested you might like a couple of my pictures for your tree silo collection. These were taken just south of Walnut, Iowa. If you would like to include them, be my guest:

    Bursting Into The Light

    Out Of The Dark, Into The Light

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  • 30. Silo Tree Additions - April 13, 2009 « TGAW  |  April 13, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    [...] 13, 2009 Another tree has been added to Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. This one does not add a new state, but it is still a milestone! This is the first [...]

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  • 31. Silo Tree Updates – May 30, 2009 « TGAW  |  May 30, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    [...] 30, 2009 Three more trees have been added to the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. Kansas’ count went up by two and solely holds the lead once [...]

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  • 32. Silo Tree Updates – June 19, 2009 « TGAW  |  June 19, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    [...] 19, 2009 We are now up to 20 U.S. States in the Silo Trees of the U.S. listing. Oregon has joined the list with this tree spotted by Flickr User [...]

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  • 33. Ken Wolf  |  July 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Vicky, I added two new tree silos to my flickr site today. Also added to the flickr group. Feel free to add to your blog if you so desire.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kenwolf/

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  • 34. Silo Tree Updates – August 3rd, 2009 « TGAW  |  August 3, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    [...] 3, 2009 Silo Tree Divining Rod, Ken Wolf, has photographed four more silo trees in Kansas. The Silo Trees of the U.S. listing has been updated accordingly– putting Kansas’ total at 12 [...]

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  • 35. Ken Wolf  |  August 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    On a recent trip to Iowa I saw a tree growing out of a silo just off
    I-35 in Missouri. I remembered the mile marker (+/- 95) and caught a photo on the way back. It’s posted on my flickr site if you want to add it to your blog.

    Silo with tree in rain

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  • 36. Ken Wolf  |  November 25, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Vicky, I’ve added some more silos with trees to my flickr site (in fact, I’ve established a set for silos. Now have 30, a couple of which don’t contain trees) that you are free to post to this blog, if you so desire.

    Reply
  • [...] ecological ruminations.” Georgia previously hosted Festivals #33 which covers the tree gamut (silo trees, tree top adventures, anyone?) and #40 which explores the innumerable benefits of [...]

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  • 38. Dakota Anthony Warden Osborne  |  October 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I have taken into serious thought, at the end of my neighborhood is a quaint farm with a glorious tree growing out of a silo. And ever since I noticed it ive been researching more and more, and I am hoping to take a road trip to the more “Developed” ones and do a photography book on it :) It would be an amazing experience.

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  • [...] a region laden with leaning, crumbling reminders of more vibrant days, some residents have found comfort in their unlikely [...]

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  • [...] segment brimful with leaning, exploding reminders of some-more colourful days, some residents have found comfort in their doubtful [...]

    Reply
  • 41. News As It Happens  |  April 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    [...] a region laden with leaning, crumbling reminders of more vibrant days, some residents have found comfort in their unlikely [...]

    Reply
  • 42. Amid Rural Decay, Trees Take Root in Silos | News Fringe  |  April 30, 2012 at 3:28 am

    [...] segment brimful with leaning, exploding reminders of some-more colourful days, some residents have found comfort in their doubtful [...]

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  • [...] out the New York Times recently did an article on Silo Trees and my February 2009 post, “Silo Trees of the U.S.“,  is getting some link love!  I enjoyed the New York Times article.  If you get a chance, [...]

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  • [...] Several amateur photographers in the Midwest have taken an interest in silo trees; the blog Tgaw has tracked silo trees in 18 states, and there is even a Flickr group devoted to the [...]

    Reply
  • [...] Across a region laden with leaning, crumbling reminders of more vibrant days, some residents have found comfort in their unlikely profiles.  “It just struck me as, I don’t know, a symbol of [...]

    Reply
  • [...] segment brimful with leaning, exploding reminders of some-more colourful days, some residents have found comfort in their doubtful [...]

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  • 47. Kris Arens  |  November 28, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    There’s a silo tree in Wisconsin that I take a picture of every couple of years. I just love it. It’s outside of a small town called Lyndon Station, WI. Even as the barn and house around it crumbles, the tree remains bold and beautiful. I can send you a pick if you would like.

    Reply
  • 48. Littleton CO  |  July 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I enjoy, result in I discovered exactly what I was taking a look for.
    You’ve ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

    Reply

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