Tree Information

Common Name: bigleaf snowbell

Scientific Name: Styrax grandifolius

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 1606

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 24 in.

Height: 18 ft.

Crown: 27 ft.

Points: 49

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.

J. Sprouls Jul-19

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Suffolk

State Map

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 Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Ln.

Suffolk, VA 23434

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588


Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson, and Mike Lane

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