Tree Information

Common Name: laurel oak

Scientific Name: Quercus laurifolia

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 179

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 317 in.

Height: 86 ft.

Crown: 89 ft.

Points: 425

Date Last Measured: 2015

Last Measured by: Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson

Date First Measured: 1987

Comments: Declared national champion in 2012 and recognized in 2019 as national co-champion with another tree in Chesapeake. The tree appears to be generally healthy, some large branches have broken off, but it still has a pleasant appearance. Numerous cavities in the upper branches indicate some internal decay. Trunk measured at 4.5'.

Top photo: G. Williamson. 2015. Bottom photo: G. Williamson. 2020.

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Chesapeake

State Map

Land Owner: John and Bonnie Haggerty

GPS Coordinates: 36.71313, -76.1931

Owner Email:

Directions: From Great Bridge, take Mount Pleasant Road toward VA Beach, approximately 3.5 miles. The tree's canopy can be seen from Currituck Drive, towering over the house.

Owner Address: 413 Currituck Drive

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Owner Phone: 757 482-6535

Contact Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Address: 3616 Labrador Lane

Suffolk, VA 23434

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588


Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson

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