Tree Information

Common Name: great rhododendron

Scientific Name: Rhododendron maximum

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 2020

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 22 in.

Height: 23 ft.

Crown: 13 ft.

Points: 48

Date Last Measured: 2023

Last Measured by: Alex Adams, John Peterson

Date First Measured: 2013

2023: This rhododendron is on its last leg. Most of the canopy has been defoliated and there is obvious frost cracking in the trunk. Composite trunk circumference at 4.5' above ground: Stem 1: 18", Stem 2: 12"
2013: The tree seems reasonably healthy and sound. There were some minor trunk scars from campers, etc. Previously measured by Carmean, Williamson, Kirwan at 18", 24', 25', 48 points.

A. Adams October 2023

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Smyth

State Map

Land Owner: U.S. Forest Service

GPS Coordinates: 36.72372, -81.49249

Directions: Hurricane Campground, Mt. Rogers Recreation Area, Site #22. Grows directly in front of a northern red oak next to the campsite platform.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Address:

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588


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

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