Tree Information

Common Name: Compton oak

Scientific Name: Quercus xcomptoniae

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 177

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 190 in.

Height: 61 ft.

Crown: 119 ft.

Points: 281

Date Last Measured: 2014

Last Measured by: Lane Dellinger, Kevin Sigmon, and Eric Wiseman

Date First Measured: 1988

Comments: A natural hybrid of Quercus virginiana (live oak) and Quercus lyrata (overcup oak). Is evergreen to tardily deciduous. This specimen is mentioned in the paper "Hybrid Oaks of North America", written by Ernest J. Palmer and published in the Journal of the Arnold Arboretum in January 1948. According to this paper, the tree was found as a natural hybrid tree in Virginia Beach and transplanted to the Courthouse Green, date unknown. Paper also states that the common name derives from Ms. C.C. Compton of Natchez, MS, who disseminated seedlings of trees found in her home state to arboreta around the country.

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E. Wiseman 1/9/2014

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Williamsburg

State Map

Land Owner: Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

GPS Coordinates: 37.272167, -76.7005

Owner Email:

Directions: The tree is within the boundary of historic Colonial Williamsburg, located in Market Square near the corner of North England Street and Nicholson Street.

Williamsburg, VA 23185

Owner Phone: 757-565-8374

Contact Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Ln.

Suffolk, VA 23434

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588

Contact Info: Tony Craig, tree crew foreman,


Original Nominator(s): Carmean and Williamson

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