Once this majestic monster was one of the most common forest trees in the eastern US with some trees well over 100 feet. Unfortunately, a blight has annihilated its numbers, and now a tree rarely lives to be taller than 40 feet in the wild. Our seed comes fr ... om an old farmer who seems to be far enough removed from the blight infection, and his trees are in the 60 feet range and getting bigger. These mature plants are one of the most magnificent things that I have ever seen. This plant is now rare in Illinois, but those remaining in the wild are found in a range of habitats.