Common Name: American mountain-ash
Scientific Name: Sorbus americana
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 72 in.
Height: 34 ft.
Crown: 33 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2019
Last Measured by: Eric Wiseman and John Peterson
Date First Measured: 2019
Comments: The tree is in a large light gap from declining hemlocks around it, but the surrounding rhododendron are taking over. The tree is in structurally poor form. The largest of three primary leaders broke off several years ago. The trunk forks about 2 feet above ground line. A low branch or stump sprout juts out to the east. Wide spreading tree, but not very attractive. The trunk was measured by wrapping the tape around the intact portion of the stump below where the large leader previously failed and then back around the two large stems jutting toward the west. The branch to the east was excluded from the tape wrap. For future measurements, will need to take a height pole in order to take an offset height measurement with the laser hypsometer because you cannot see the peak of the crown and the base of the trunk from a single vantage point. Not recognized as national champion because of irregular trunk.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Giles
Land Owner: Mountain Lake Conservancy
GPS Coordinates: 37.357933, -80.533907
Directions: On the east side of Mountain Lake. Along the Indian Trail. Depart the lodge and walk down to the main dock at the south end of the lake bed. Walk along Indian Trail for about 955 feet. Tree is to the right (east) of the trail, about 20 feet into a rhododendron thicket.
Owner Address: 115 HOTEL CIR
PEMBROKE, VA 24136-3055
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Contact Info: Jeff Kirwan measured in 2007.
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson