Tree Information

Common Name: longleaf pine

Scientific Name: Pinus palustris

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 1976

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 107 in.

Height: 98 ft.

Crown: 41 ft.

Points: 215

Date Last Measured: 2022

Last Measured by: Byron Carmean, Eric Wiseman, Moriah Moss

Date First Measured: 2012

2022 update: Located within a now 10-year-old pine plantation. Tree has no real dominant leader; its top is flattened out. Has a slight lean and what appear to be 3 timber felling scars (from when previous pine stand was harvested). Trunk circumference measured 4.5 feet above flat ground away from edge of heaving root plate.
2019 update: Declared national champ in 2017, but was dethroned in 2019 by larger tree in South Carolina. The tree appears healthy and sound. It exists because it is a line tree, next to a cut-over. Lightning could be a threat.
2012 measurements by Byron Carmean, Gary Williamson, Bobby Clontz, Kea Turner: circumference 103", height 101', crown 44', points 215.

More Photos

Top: Gary Williamson December 2012. Bottom 3: E. Wiseman 06/30/2022

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Suffolk

State Map

Land Owner: James D. Wright

GPS Coordinates: 36.710544, -76.806401

Directions: At rear of farm owned by James D. Wright. Adjacent property owned by Walter H. Johnson. No visitors allowed without permission. Best access is by farm road that departs Old Myrtle Road just east of Carrsville Highway overpass. From Old Myrtle Rd, take gravel road parallel to railroad tracks, cross tracks on same road, and enter property. Continue straight and pass between two barns as the road curves left. Continue on until the road runs out into grass near a small barn. (Tree is visible from here directly parallel to the road across a field but may be hidden from view by an oak). Walk straight back to tree line and gate. Follow bushhogged path (take the right path whenever there is a fork) to the south and follow signs to longleaf pine.

Owner Address: Private

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 and Gary Williamson

Additional Information

I.D. Fact Sheet

Landowner Fact Sheet

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