Tree Information

Common Name: silverbell

Scientific Name: Halesia tetraptera var. tetraptera (syn. Halesia carolina often misapplied)

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 86 in.

Height: 48 ft.

Crown: 34 ft.

Points: 143

Date Last Measured: 2012

Last Measured by: Landon Webb and Brittney Chitwood

Date First Measured: 1978

Comments: Declared national champion in 2017, but dethroned in 2020 by bigger tree in Tennessee. Healthy, yes; Endangered, no. House was built in 1853. A much smaller tree is located nearby at Sabot Hill Farm, but no map is provided. Tree had an ID tag placed on it when last measured. Tag is nearly scarred over.

Landon Webb July 2012

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Goochland

State Map

Land Owner: Louisa Preston

GPS Coordinates: 37.609, -77.738

Directions: Tree is located behind main house down brick road at Ben Dover Farm.

Owner Address: 80 Ben Dover Lane

Manakin Sabot, VA 23103

Owner Phone: 804-784-5020

Contact Information

Contact Name: Eric Wiseman

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-231-5148


Original Nominator(s): Leon App, Samuel R. Barkley

Additional Information

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