Common Name: bigleaf snowbell
Scientific Name: Styrax grandifolius
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Database ID: 1606
National Champion: yes
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 24 in.
Height: 18 ft.
Crown: 27 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2019
Last Measured by: Jason Sprouls, Byron Carmean
Date First Measured: 2009
2021 update: This tree was crowned sole national champion by American Forests in 2021
Declared national champion in 2009, but was dethroned in 2019 due to multi-stem growth habit.
2019 Update: When the owner planted this tree, it was open-grown in yard space to the right of the driveway. Since then, the area is becoming overrun with plant growth and the tree is in danger of being completely shaded out.
The tree has numerous suckers from the roots. The composite trunk circumference was calculated using measurements of the two dominant stems taken at 4.5 feet above ground. A basal tape wrap measurement was taken at ground line that did not include the suckers and measured 33 inches. The crown spread and height measurements included large lateral branches and root crown suckers.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Suffolk
Land Owner: Mike and Cindy Lane
GPS Coordinates: 36.63519, -76.58951
Directions: Driving west on Babbtown Road, turn right into the first driveway before the agricultural field. As you drive up the driveway, the tree is located on the left at the forest edge before you reach the farm pond.
Owner Address: 1200 Babbtown Road
Suffolk, VA 23434
Owner Phone: Private
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, and Mike Lane