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Landmark southern Arizona cottonwood tree topples

TUCSON, Ariz. One of the nation's biggest cottonwood trees that had been standing in southern Arizona for at least 150 years has toppled over.

The Arizona Daily Star says the so-called Big Tree recently broke in half on the Circle Z Guest Ranch about two miles west of Patagonia.

Standing 75 yards south of Sonoita Creek and a couple hundred yards north of Arizona 82, the tree was a landmark for decades.

Off and on since 1970, the tree ranked No. 1 among all cottonwoods on the National Register of Big Trees that's run by the conservation group American Forests.

It was 92 feet high and 42 feet around and had a crown spread of 108 feet on top.

Experts say it was Arizona's largest known tree of any size.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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