Common Name: oval-leaved privet
Scientific Name: Ligustrum ovalifolium
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 72 in.
Height: 24 ft.
Crown: 53 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2019
Last Measured by: Harry and Melanie Van Guilder
Date First Measured: 1999
Comments: Returned to national champion status in 2018. Located on the grounds of The Plantation on Sunnybrook (https://www.plantation-creations.com/about/). Description of historic property on their website: "The Plantation on Sunnybrook built in 1918 by Robert Fox Boxley, a railroad pioneer from Louisa County. The Boxley's needed a farm to rest mule teams used to build the railroad. Robert Boxley died before Sunnybrook Farm was completed and Mrs. Boxley raised their five children on this majestic farm. Years later the home was turned into a family restaurant known as "The Sunnybrook Inn" and closed in the mid 1990's. Randy and Tammy Scaggs purchased the property in 2006 and created the Plantation on Sunnybrook."
2019 Update: Tree appears very healthy despite some dieback on two of the inner stems. Since there are 12 stems, each was measured separately. The circumference was calculated using the functional circumference method. All were measured at 4.5' above ground.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Roanoke
Land Owner: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
GPS Coordinates: 37.34521, -79.94967
Directions: The Plantation on Sunnybrook
Owner Address: 7342 Plantation Rd
Roanoke, VA 24019
Owner Phone: 540-561-0700
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Contact Info: Owners are Randy and Tammy Scruggs. Last measured in 2009 by Mason Patterson.
Original Nominator(s): Richard Salzer