Tree Information

Common Name: oval-leaved privet

Scientific Name: Ligustrum ovalifolium

Native/Naturalized: Naturalized

Database ID: 233

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 72 in.

Height: 24 ft.

Crown: 53 ft.

Points: 109

Date Last Measured: 2019

Last Measured by: Harry and Melanie Van Guilder

Date First Measured: 1999


2021 update: This tree has been dethroned by American Forests because its species is no longer eligible.

Returned to national champion status in 2018. Located on the grounds of The Plantation on Sunnybrook ( 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.

M. Van Guilder Jun-19

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Roanoke

State Map

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 Information

Contact Name: Eric Wiseman

Contact Email:

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

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