Common Name: eastern redbud
Scientific Name: Cercis canadensis var. canadensis
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Database ID: 1663
National Champion: yes
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 145 in.
Height: 32 ft.
Crown: 39 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2020
Last Measured by: Robert Vickers
Date First Measured: 2010
2021 update: This tree was crowned as sole national champion by American Forests in 2021.
2020 update: Tree dethroned as national co-champion due to discrepancy over trunk measurement and scoring. Tree is declining. It has suffered several stem failures over the years that have resulted in an extensive cavity at the base of the root collar. It appears that the original trunk developed numerous root suckers many years ago that developed into the sprawling leaders present today. Some of these leaders have developed cavities and cracks, causing them to break. The canopy is fairly dense, with sporadic dead branches emanating from the unhealthiest leaders. Most of the healthy foliage is concentrated on the epicormic sprouts that the tree continues to produce. It is likely that the tree will meet its demise once the decay in the root collar worsens and the large sprawling leaders collapse under their own weight. Trunk circumference measured 4"" above ground due to fork in the trunk.
2019 update: Declared national champion in 2018 and recognized in 2019 as national co-champion with specimen in Loudoun County, VA.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Fairfax
Land Owner: National Park Service
GPS Coordinates: 38.95773, -77.1439
Directions: Tree is along south side of George Washington Parkway at the exit to the CIA. It is on the southeast side of the exit.
Contact Name: Robert Vickers
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Address: 312 Springvale Road
Great Falls, VA 22066
Original Nominator(s): Jeff Kirwan, Robert Vickers