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IRS water oak

Sixty-five acre stands of old growth hardwood forests aren't easy to find in the heart of Atlanta. Fernbank Forest, however, is such a treasure. Preserved by Fernbank Museum's founders nearly a century ago, it is a small remnant of the type of forests that once covered the South. Today it is an outdoor classroom, a peaceful haven for visitors and home to two Georgia Champion Trees. One of them is a 94-foot high Cryptomeria japonica, a tree that is popular with landscapers today. It is a fast-growing, non-native ornamental tree commonly known as a Japanese cedar. This tree stands near Fernbank founder Emily Harrison's home site, and is thought to have been planted in the 1940's. The tree can be viewed by Fernbank visitors who tour the Fernbank Forest -

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