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North Carolina's largest Red Bay has been discovered in Wilmington. According to the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, the tree has a circumference of 121 inches and an estimated crown spread of 46 feet. The Red Bay tree is far larger than the state's previous record holder. Red Bay is a native North American evergreen tree.
Near Wilmington, on the eastern shore of the Cape Fear River, stands an old, moss-covered cypress tree. It has stood there for over two centuries. For mariners it is a landmark indicating that the end of the voyage is in sight. When the tree was sighted, the captain would order that a dram of grog be issued to the crew, hence the name \"Dram Tree.\"