Tree Information

Common Name: sourwood

Scientific Name: Oxydendrum arboreum

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 249

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 130 in.

Height: 74 ft.

Crown: 47 ft.

Points: 216

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. Previously measured by Douglas E. Audley in 2011.

Top. Doug Audley. July 2023. Bottom. Doug Audley. 2007.

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Amelia

State Map

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 Information

Contact Name: Doug Audley

Contact Email:

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Original Nominator(s): John M. Anderson, Joseph O. Humphreys

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