Tree Information

Common Name: mountain laurel

Scientific Name: Kalmia latifolia

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 2019

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: no

Circumference: 37 in.

Height: 19 ft.

Crown: 21 ft.

Points: 61

Date Last Measured: 2013

Last Measured by: Byron Carmean, Jeff Kirwan, and Gary Williamson

Date First Measured: 2013

Comments: Declared national champion in 2020. The tree appears extremely old and hollow. The crown seems reasonably healthy, but not vigorous.

G. Williamson Apr-13

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Smyth

State Map

Land Owner: U.S. Forest Service

GPS Coordinates: 36.71573, -81.5302

Directions: Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, 2.7 miles from the entrance of Hurricane Campground. Tree is approximately 125 feet from the road edge next to the stream. Another champion mountain-laurel is nearby.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588


Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Jeff Kirwan, and Gary Williamson

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