Common Name: swamp dogwood
Scientific Name: Cornus foemina (syn. Cornus stricta)
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Database ID: 1477
National Champion: yes
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 30 in.
Height: 23 ft.
Crown: 22 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2017
Last Measured by: Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson
Date First Measured: 2009
Comments: Declared national champion in 2009 and recognized as national co-champion in 2019, sharing title with tree in North Carolina. Recognized as sole national champ in 2020. The tree appears healthy and sound. It was in full bloom on the day of measurement (5-20-09).
2017 update: Tree seems to still be doing well. Trunk circumference measured 1' above ground line due to forked stem at breast height.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Isle of Wight
Land Owner: Unknown
GPS Coordinates: 36.68915, -76.91878
Directions: Blackwater River Swamp north of City of Franklin at edge of oxbow. Near River Rd, Franklin, VA 23851.
Contact Name: Byron Carmean
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Ln
Suffolk, VA 23434
Contact Phone: 757-934-0588
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson