Common Name: sweet birch
Scientific Name: Betula lenta
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 109 in.
Height: 84 ft.
Crown: 64 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2021
Last Measured by: Brendan Fitzgerald
Date First Measured: 2015
Comments: The tree appears exceptionally healthy. It is a double-stemmed tree, and the stems physically diverge about 4' above ground, but there is bark inclusion between the stems down to about 2.5' above ground. At that height, the stems are completely fused (circumference=134"), and share a single root collar. Given the conformation of the root collar and the near identical size of the stems at 4.5' above ground (circumference=78" and 76"), there is strong evidence that the tree originated from a single seed. However, the stems do not appear to have a common pith above ground line when applying the visual rule of pith line tracing.
The measurements and score presented here reflect that this is a single tree. However, using the fused trunk measurement unfairly inflates the score relative to single-stem specimens. Thus the score incorporates the composite functional circumference calculation using the two stem measurements above.
Tree was previously measured by Carmean, Kirwan, and Williamson in 2015 at 140" (fused trunk measured 2' above ground), 91', 64', 247 points.
Declared national champion in 2018 and recognized as national co-champion in 2019, sharing the title with a tree in New Hampshire. Was not listed as national champ in 2020 due to lack of validation of trunk measurement.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Giles
Land Owner: Mountain Lake Conservancy
GPS Coordinates: 37.36701, -80.53693
Owner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Directions: Take Rt. 700 (Mountain Lake Road) past the hotel to the lower end of the lake. Pond Drain Road (gravel) goes left along drain. Tree is on uphill side of the road approximately 1/4 mile from Mountain Lake Road.
Owner Address: 115 HOTEL CIR
PEMBROKE, VA 24136-3055
Owner Phone: 540-626-7121
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Jeff Kirwan, Gary Williamson