Common Name: southern red oak
Scientific Name: Quercus falcata
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: no
Circumference: 321 in.
Height: 92 ft.
Crown: 114 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2016
Last Measured by: Byron Carmean, Alex Cassell, Eric Wiseman
Date First Measured: 1988
Comments: Tree was found in May 2021 to have been toppled by a storm earlier that spring.
Co-state champion in July 2016 and recognized in 2019 as national champion. In 2020, recognized as national co-champ with tree in James City county. The trunk circumference was difficult to measure due to layers of large poison ivy climbing up the trunk. Height of trunk measurement was established from the roadway adjacent to tree, which better indicates true ground level, due to the amount of vegetation around base of tree.
Originally nominated in 1988 by Gladys Robbins (owner) and again in 1997 by Bassett and Nelling. Remeasured by Byron Carmean, Steve Tuck, and Gary Williamson in 2006.
Originally thought to be a cherrybark oak (Q. pagoda), but later declared as more like southern red oak (Q. falcata). Couldn't rule out a hybrid with cherrybark oak. USDA Forest Service Silvics Manual actually considers cherrybark a variety of southern red oak (Q. falcata var. pagodafolia).
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Sussex
Land Owner: Givens Family
GPS Coordinates: 36.738933, -77.46856
Directions: Take route 612 (Proctor Road) south from route 609 (Lebanon Church Road). At hard bend in Proctor Road, travel south along dirt farm road. Tree is a short distance out in a farm field.
Owner Address: 28183 Proctor Rd.
Emporia, VA 23847
Owner Phone: (434) 634-5656
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Original Nominator(s): Jay Bassett and Ray Nelling