Common Name: river birch
Scientific Name: Betula nigra
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 177 in.
Height: 72 ft.
Crown: 47 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2017
Last Measured by: Greg Zell
Date First Measured: 2007
Comments: This River Birch is a remnant from the old floodplain forest along 4 Mile Run, and was almost destroyed by the construction of a townhome community next to a wetland. Even though it has lost one main stem, it is still a remarkably large specimen. 2017: Condition and health appear unchanged from 2007. This old-age specimen is largely hollow and one major stem near the base was lost many years ago. About 30% of the crown is dead wood, but lower branches seem healthy and are producing ample leaves. Proximity to shared border with townhome community may raise future concerns if specimen deteriorates rapidly. Old-age remnant of historical wetlands at site, most of which was lost through development and fill in the 1970's. CBH measurement was taken at 2', below former main stem. Tree originally was a double-stem tree, but not a stump sprout. Note: When development occured in the 1970's, approximately 5-6' of fill was placed around the tree, i.e. the original base of the tree was much lower than measurements indicate. It is surprising that the tree survived this treatment many years ago.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Arlington
Land Owner: Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources
GPS Coordinates: 38.84716, -77.10041
Owner Email: Vverweij@arlingtonva.us
Directions: In Barcroft Park in south Arlington. Tree is growing at the edge of an historic wetland about 40' off a paved bike trail and near the shared border with a private townhome community.
Owner Address: 2700 South Taylor St.
Arlington, VA. 22206
Owner Phone: 703-228-6525
Contact Name: Vincent Verweij
Contact Email: Vverweij@arlingtonva.us
Contact Address: 2700 South Taylor St.
Arlington, VA. 22206
Contact Phone: 703-228-6525
Contact Info: 2007 measured by Greg Zell and John Parrish
Original Nominator(s): Greg Zell
Other Nominators: John Parrish