Common Name: white basswood
Scientific Name: Tilia americana var. heterophylla
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: no
Circumference: 186 in.
Height: 90 ft.
Crown: 81 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2018
Last Measured by: J. Alan Simpson, Eric Wiseman, Peter Stewart, John Kell
Date First Measured: 2008
2021 update: Tree suffered a catastrophic failure of the trunk on the evening of 6/13/2021 during a severe thunderstorm. The entire crown sheared out of the tree. Discoloration of the wood was evident at the site of failure, suggesting that the strength of the trunk had been compromised by decay.
2018 update: Declared national champion in 2018. The tree looks healthy. It has a sidewalk close to its trunk, and high traffic on the lawn below it has worn a patch to compacted soil. Tree has had several lower limbs removed in years past, but all cuts seem to be healing. ID confirmed as white basswood by Tom Wieboldt in the Virginia Tech Herbarium. Good health in 2018, but structural stability questionable. Three support cables have been installed in the upper crown (date unknown).
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Radford
Land Owner: Radford University
GPS Coordinates: 37.13897, -80.55196
Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: On the Radford University campus, at the North end of Jefferson Hall (student dormitory). With one's back to the front doors of McConnell Library, and looking straight ahead, it's about 150 feet away.
Owner Phone: 540-831-5711
Contact Name: John Kell
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 540-831-5711
Contact Info: Measured in 2008 by John Kell.
Original Nominator(s): John Kell