Tree Information

Common Name: southern red oak

Scientific Name: Quercus falcata

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Status: dead

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: no

Circumference: 321 in.

Height: 92 ft.

Crown: 114 ft.

Points: 442

Date Last Measured: 2016

Last Measured by: Byron Carmean, Alex Cassell, Eric Wiseman

Date First Measured: 1988

Comments: Tree was found in May 2021 to have been toppled by a storm earlier that spring.

Co-state champion in July 2016 and recognized in 2019 as national champion. In 2020, recognized as national co-champ with tree in James City county. The trunk circumference was difficult to measure due to layers of large poison ivy climbing up the trunk. Height of trunk measurement was established from the roadway adjacent to tree, which better indicates true ground level, due to the amount of vegetation around base of tree.

Originally nominated in 1988 by Gladys Robbins (owner) and again in 1997 by Bassett and Nelling. Remeasured by Byron Carmean, Steve Tuck, and Gary Williamson in 2006.

Originally thought to be a cherrybark oak (Q. pagoda), but later declared as more like southern red oak (Q. falcata). Couldn't rule out a hybrid with cherrybark oak. USDA Forest Service Silvics Manual actually considers cherrybark a variety of southern red oak (Q. falcata var. pagodafolia).

Top. David Martin, Middle. Alex Cassell, Bottom. Brian Kelley (2006, 2016, 2021)

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Sussex

State Map

Land Owner: Givens Family

GPS Coordinates: 36.738933, -77.46856

Directions: Take route 612 (Proctor Road) south from route 609 (Lebanon Church Road). At hard bend in Proctor Road, travel south along dirt farm road. Tree is a short distance out in a farm field.

Owner Address: 28183 Proctor Rd.

Emporia, VA 23847

Owner Phone: (434) 634-5656

Contact Information

Contact Name: Eric Wiseman

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-231-5148


Original Nominator(s): Jay Bassett and Ray Nelling

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