"It's the largest, it was the largest in the state," Ann Hagan-Michel, Executive Director of the estate said. Hagan-Michel tells us the tree was a European Birch.
"We refer to it as a Copper Birch," said Hagan-Michel.
She says the tree has been standing it's ground at Henry Clay's Ashland Estate for almost 140 years. They believe Henry Clay's son planted the Birch back in 1867, almost a century and a half later.
Ann Hagan-Michel says the tree was a kid favorite because the bark on the tree resembles elephant skin. So the tree is affectionately known as the elephant tree. Now the elephant of Ashland is no more, proving that even the biggest of Birches is no match to mother nature.