Common Name: bigleaf snowbell
Scientific Name: Styrax grandifolius
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 24 in.
Height: 18 ft.
Crown: 29 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2019
Last Measured by: Jason Sprouls, Byron Carmean
Date First Measured: 2009
Comments: Declared national champion in 2009. The tree appears very healthy, sound, and growing well.
2019 Update: When the owner planted this tree, it was open-grown in yard space to the right of the driveway. Since then, the area is becoming overrun with plant growth and the tree is in danger of being completely shaded out. The tree had numerous suckers from the root crown. Composite trunk circumference was calculated using measurements of the 2 dominant stems taken at 4.5' above ground. A basal tape wrap measurement taken at ground line that did not include the suckers was 33". The crown spread and height measurements did include large lateral branches and root crown suckers.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Suffolk
Land Owner: Mike & Cindy Lane
GPS Coordinates: 36.63519, -76.58951
Directions: On the north side of Babbtown Road, east end of ag field, south of farm pond near stream at the edge of wooded strip. Home address is 1200 Babbtown Rd, the second driveway is 1300 Babbtown Rd., which has the tree.
Owner Address: 1200 Babbtown Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Owner Phone: Private
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 Carmean, Gary Williamson, and Mike Lane