Common Name: buckthorn bumelia
Scientific Name: Sideroxylon lycioides
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 43 in.
Height: 55 ft.
Crown: 22 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2019
Last Measured by: Jason Sprouls, Byron Carmean
Date First Measured: 2008
Comments: The tree was declared national champion in 2009. The tree has grown quite a lot between 2008-2019. It occupies an undisturbed sand dune forested fragment between two adjacent schools and has gone relatively unnoticed. The tree used to be on the forest edge, but trees have moved in downslope from it and invasive English Ivy has continued to encroach upon the tree. Ivy was removed from the tree up to 10 feet. The tree is located in a very odd spot, and should be measured in winter moving forward for better visibility. When measured in 2009, it was at the edge of the sand dune, but the forest has since moved outwards with larger trees, making it impossible to use the laser hypsometer for the tree height measurement. The height could be more accurately measured if trees and plants downhill did not have foliage.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Norfolk
Land Owner: Norfolk Public Schools
GPS Coordinates: 36.95707, -76.26156
Directions: The tree is located between Thomas Willoughby Elementary School and Ocean View Elementary School. To access the tree, go behind Willoughby Elementary and walk past the basketball court. About 250 feet southeast is an uphill path through the sand dune which later splits about 20 feet up. Follow the trail to the right and you'll see the trees along the trail about 20 feet apart. GPS coordinates approximate the tree location well.
Owner Address: 9500 4th View St.
Norfolk, VA 23503
Owner Phone: 757-531-3126
Contact Name: Byron Carmean
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Ln.
Suffolk, VA 23434
Contact Phone: 757-934-0588
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson, Johnny Townson