Virginia Big Tree Program
The goal of the Virginia big tree program is to increase the care and appreciation for trees. Trees are ranked by total points based on a formula using circumference at 4.5 feet, height and crown spread. The top five trees for each species are listed in the database. Volunteers are encouraged to search for, nominate and update current trees every 10 years.
The Virginia big tree program began in 1970 as a 4-H and FFA project. This state champion red oak was discovered during a 4-H big tree contest in 2007. Photo by Robert Llewellyn.