Tree Information

Common Name: butternut

Scientific Name: Juglans cinerea

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 1504

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 218 in.

Height: 65 ft.

Crown: 82 ft.

Points: 304

Date Last Measured: 2019

Last Measured by: Jason Sprouls, Eric Wiseman

Date First Measured: 2009

Comments: Beautiful open grown tree on a farm established in 1798 by the Cockerill family. Tree has sustained storm damage on several occasions over the years, resulting in an asymmetrical crown spread. Tree has two low sweeping scaffold branches. One is supported by a stone prop and the other has a support cable anchored back to one of the main leaders. There is considerable decay in the trunk where other large branches have failed in the past. Although healthy, thanks in part to occupying the septic drain field of the home, it is at heightened risk of structural failure due to decay and defects.

The trunk was measured at its smallest girth between the low branches and ground line, about 2' above the ground. Because of the crown asymmetry, 8 crown radius measurements were made from the dripline to the trunk at the cardinal and inter-cardinal positions around the perimeter of the dripline. The average of these measurements was doubled to find the crown diameter, minus the trunk diameter. The trunk diameter was then calculated from the trunk girth and added to the crown diameter to get a full average crown spread. Previously measured in 2009 by Dana Malone at 210"", 57', 90', 290 points.

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E. Wiseman Aug-19

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Loudoun

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Land Owner: James and Marilyn Roberts

GPS Coordinates: 39.051953, -77.702929

Owner Email: Private

Directions: Tree is located in the yard approx. 200' south of the residence. House is located approx. 1 mile south of North Fork near the end of Cockerill Road.

Owner Address: 20356 Cockerill Road

Purcellville, VA 20132

Owner Phone: Private

Contact Information

Contact Name: Eric Wiseman

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-231-5148


Original Nominator(s): Dana Malone

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