Common Name: great rhododendron
Scientific Name: Rhododendron maximum
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 32 in.
Height: 14 ft.
Crown: 15 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2021
Last Measured by: Brendan Fitzgerald
Date First Measured: 2010
Comments: The tree is in poor health. It has many dead limbs and decay throughout the trunk (2021). Tree has some dead wood, but seems to be holding on. It seems to lack vigor. Circumference was measured at 10 inches, where the trunk splits.
Tree was previously measured at 32", 19', 18' and 56 points in 2010 by Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson, and Jeff Kirwan.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Grayson
Land Owner: State of Virginia - Dept. of Conservation and Recreation
GPS Coordinates: 36.62661, -81.47979
Directions: Grayson Highlands State Park. Picnic area, next to large rocks.
Owner Address: 829 Grayson Highland Ln
Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363
Owner Phone: 276-579-7092
Contact Name: Marceia Holland
Contact Email: Marceia.Holland@dcr.virginia.gov
Contact Phone: 276-579-7092
Contact Info: Marceia Holland - Park Manager - Grayson Highlands State Park
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson, and Jeff Kirwan