Common Name: pear hawthorn
Scientific Name: Crataegus calpodendron
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 26 in.
Height: 17 ft.
Crown: 28 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2015
Last Measured by: Rod Simmons and Greg Zell
Date First Measured: 2015
Comments: Declared national champion in 2015. The tree is growing in a high-quality forested natural area and is completely healthy. My guess is that this old specimen has been happily thriving at this site for many decades. Pre-1950s when most of Arlington County and the western half of the City of Alexandria were heavily forested, pastured, and rural, there were probably more of these around, with extant ones like this all probably surviving relics from that time. Pear hawthorn is a state-tracked S1 (critically imperiled) species. Hawthorn expert Ron Lance checked the identification. This information is also provided to State Botanist John Townsend with Virginia DCR, Division of Natural Heritage, as well as the Virginia Botanical Associates to add to the Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Alexandria
Land Owner: Parkfairfax Community
GPS Coordinates: 38.83788, -77.0779
Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: Parkfairfax Woods ("600 Woods") midslope along the gravelly, colluvial hillside along Gunston Road bordering a small groundwater seep.
Owner Address: 3360 Gunston Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Owner Phone: 703-998-6315
Contact Name: Rod Simmons
Contact Email: email@example.com
Original Nominator(s): Rod Simmons and Greg Zell
Other Nominators: City of Alexandria Arborist Office