Common Name: sugar maple
Scientific Name: Acer saccharum
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 270 in.
Height: 72 ft.
Crown: 84 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2016
Last Measured by: Alex Cassell and Eric Wiseman
Date First Measured: 1977
Comments: Declared national champion in 2016 and recognized as national co-champion in 2019, sharing the title with a tree in Connecticut. It is the current all-time largest documented specimen of the species in the state.
It was originally discovered by Lyttelton 'Lyt' Wood while attending Virginia Tech. He then measured and nominated the tree in November 1977.
In 2016, the tree was still alive, but had lost a large leader and many limbs from storm damage. It will probably fall apart in the next 3-5 years due to extensive rot in the trunk.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Giles
Land Owner: Eric F. Schenkel
GPS Coordinates: 37.33728, -80.55982
Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: About 4.3 miles north of U.S. 460 on Route 700 (Mountain Lake Road). There is a gated overlook on the left side of the road. Tree is 440 feet, bearing 325.5 degrees, from the overlook deck.
Owner Address: 173 Long Island Dr.
Moneta, VA 24121
Owner Phone: 540-721-5894
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Contact Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
Original Nominator(s): Lyt Wood