Tree Information

Common Name: Chinese parasoltree

Scientific Name: Firmiana simplex

Native/Naturalized: Naturalized

Database ID: 1233

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 54 in.

Height: 27 ft.

Crown: 24 ft.

Points: 87

Date Last Measured: 2017

Last Measured by: Renee Frith

Date First Measured: 2007


2021 update: This tree was dethroned as national champion by American Forests because its species is no longer eligible.

Declared national champion in 2016. The tree is very healthy and vigorous. Height measured with digital clinometer. It is well cared for by the garden staff.

R. Frith May-17

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Norfolk

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Land Owner: Norfolk Botanical Garden

GPS Coordinates: 36.905935, -76.199326

Directions: Norfolk Botanical Garden near the junction of Discovery Grove, WOW, and the Flowering Arboretum; west side of the intersection.

Owner Address: 6700 Azalea Garden Road

Norfolk, VA 23518

Owner Phone: 757-441-5830

Contact Information

Contact Name: Carl Simmons

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 757-441-5830 (ext. 4

Contact Info: Carl Simmons is Curator of Woody Plants. Paul Ziegler contact information in private comments.


Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson, Theresa Augustin

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