Common Name: winterberry holly
Scientific Name: Ilex verticillata
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: no
Circumference: 17 in.
Height: 17 ft.
Crown: 19 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2007
Last Measured by: Jeff and Judy Kirwan
Date First Measured: 2007
Comments: 2018 update: Although technically not dead, this specimen has been pruned heavily in recent years such that the trunk configuration no longer allows an appropriate qualifying measurement to be taken. Winterberry holly is a root suckering shrub that tends to persist in clump form with numerous stems. In years past, the trunk circumference of this specimen was measured by wrapping a measuring tape around the cluster of stems at ground level. This is no longer viewed as an appropriate measurement technique. A visit to this specimen in November 2017 by Jon Rockett found that several of the stems had been removed at ground level and the growth habit does not permit an appropriate measure of a single fused stem near ground line and there is no single stem measuring larger than 9.5" circumference. The judgment has been made that this specimen no longer meets the eligibility requirements of the big tree program based on its growth habit. Previous information:
This tree was declared a national champion in 2008.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Orange
Land Owner: The Montpelier Foundation
GPS Coordinates: 38.21696, -78.16902
Directions: Enter the formal garden at the back gate (southern end of garden), the tree is just to the right.
Owner Address: 11350 Constitution Highway
Montpelier Station, VA 22957
Contact Name: Sandra Mudrinich, Horticulturist
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Address: The Montpelier Foundation
Contact Phone: 540-661-3510
Original Nominator(s): Jess Riddle