Common Name: sourwood
Scientific Name: Oxydendrum arboreum
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 130 in.
Height: 74 ft.
Crown: 47 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2018
Last Measured by: Doug Audley
Date First Measured: 1991
Comments: Declared national champion in 1998, but was dethroned in 2019 and then reclaimed the crown in 2020. In 2007, a main stem was found to have broken off, and the main trunk was reported as hollow, but crown appeared generally healthy. There was a stain running down the east side of the trunk, similar to wet wood on oak. It is still standing and looks fairly healthy. The wood around the cavity is dry and hard, which may help it stay upright. The gaping cavity left by the broken stem extends along the trunk from near ground level to above standard height (4.5'). Taking the measurement there results in the measuring tape crossing the gap of the cavity.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Amelia
Land Owner: James C. Rucker
GPS Coordinates: 37.44231, -77.90704
Directions: Northeast of intersection of state routes 616 and 652. Nearby address is 11301 Genito Rd, Amelia Court House, VA 23002.
Owner Address: 4019 Cutshaw Ave.
Richmond, VA 23230
Contact Name: Doug Audley
Contact Email: email@example.com
Contact Info: Douglas E. Audley measured in 2011.
Original Nominator(s): John M. Anderson, Joseph O. Humphreys