Common Name: rose of Sharon
Scientific Name: Hibiscus syriacus
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 30 in.
Height: 20 ft.
Crown: 21 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2017
Last Measured by: Eric Wiseman, Byron Carmean, Gary Wiilliamson, John Bunch
Date First Measured: 2008
Comments: Declared national champion in 2009. Recognized as national champion in 2019, although a larger specimen is on record in Virginia. The tree appeared very healthy and was in full bloom when measured in 2008.
2017 update: The tree is in very poor condition. The stems are heavily decayed near the base and the crown is about 60% dead. I don't believe the tree will be alive for many more years. Although this is clearly a single plant, it has three major stems that diverge at ground line. In the previous measurement in 2008, the trunk circumference was measured around two of the stems because they were still fused. In 2017, it was decided that only the single largest stem should be measured, which was measured 3 feet above ground, below the divergence of several branches.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Cumberland
Land Owner: Paul Grossman
GPS Coordinates: 37.49461, -78.24622
Directions: Left side of front yard, right next to street.
Owner Address: 6 Fitzgerald Road
Owner Phone: 804-492-4360
Contact Name: Byron Carmean
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Ln
Suffolk, VA, 23434
Contact Phone: 757-934-0588
Original Nominator(s): Byron & Jean Carmean & Gary Williamson