Common Name: Chinaberry
Scientific Name: Melia azedarach
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 204 in.
Height: 35 ft.
Crown: 46 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2017
Last Measured by: Stuart and Ben Blankenship
Date First Measured: 2007
Comments: Declared national champion in 2018. Tree is located in Blandford Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest in America, which is the resting place of some 30,000 Confederate soldiers who lost their lives during the Siege of Petersburg. The tree has pushed up and toppled a grove stone dated 1882.
2017 update: Tree is in good health and one old stem has been replaced by healthy new ones. Tree has increased in size since its last measurement. The circumference is significantly larger likely due to previous error in measurement. The tree splits at 2 feet above the ground so it was measured below the split.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Petersburg
Land Owner: Blandford Church and Cemetery
GPS Coordinates: 37.227336, -77.387009
Directions: R.L. Stainback plot, Blandford Cemetery, west side.
Owner Address: 111 Rochell Lane
Petersburg, VA 23803
Owner Phone: 804-733-2396
Contact Name: Byron Carmean
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Lane
Suffolk, VA 23434
Contact Phone: 757-934-0588
Contact Info: Measured by Carmean in 2007 at 121", 50', 43', 182 points.
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson