Tree Information

Common Name: white basswood

Scientific Name: Tilia americana var. heterophylla

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Status: dead

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: no

Circumference: 186 in.

Height: 90 ft.

Crown: 81 ft.

Points: 296

Date Last Measured: 2018

Last Measured by: J. Alan Simpson, Eric Wiseman, Peter Stewart, John Kell

Date First Measured: 2008

2021 update: Tree suffered a catastrophic failure of the trunk on the evening of 6/13/2021 during a severe thunderstorm. The entire crown sheared out of the tree. Discoloration of the wood was evident at the site of failure, suggesting that the strength of the trunk had been compromised by decay.

2018 update: Declared national champion in 2018. The tree looks healthy. It has a sidewalk close to its trunk, and high traffic on the lawn below it has worn a patch to compacted soil. Tree has had several lower limbs removed in years past, but all cuts seem to be healing. ID confirmed as white basswood by Tom Wieboldt in the Virginia Tech Herbarium. Good health in 2018, but structural stability questionable. Three support cables have been installed in the upper crown (date unknown).

Top. J. Alan Simpson. June 2018. Bottom. S. Huckestein. June 2021.

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Radford

State Map

Land Owner: Radford University

GPS Coordinates: 37.13897, -80.55196

Owner Email:

Directions: On the Radford University campus, at the North end of Jefferson Hall (student dormitory). With one's back to the front doors of McConnell Library, and looking straight ahead, it's about 150 feet away.

Owner Phone: 540-831-5711

Contact Information

Contact Name: John Kell

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-831-5711

Contact Info: Measured in 2008 by John Kell.


Original Nominator(s): John Kell

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