Tree Information

Common Name: fire cherry

Scientific Name: Prunus pensylvanica

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 2625

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 36 in.

Height: 62 ft.

Crown: 25 ft.

Points: 104

Date Last Measured: 2019

Last Measured by: Eric Wiseman and John Peterson

Date First Measured: 2019


2021 update: This tree was crowned national co-champion by American Forests in 2021

New state champ in 2019. Species identification verified by Virginia Tech dendrologist. Tree has a nice structural form. Dominant central leader and balanced crown. There is a smaller fire cherry about 20' from it. Deep in a rhododendron thicket. Will need to take a height pole in order to take an offset height measurement with the laser hypsometer because you cannot see the peak of the crown and the base of the trunk from a single vantage point.

B. Fitzgerald. June 2021.

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Giles

State Map

Land Owner: Mountain Lake Conservancy

GPS Coordinates: 37.358628, -80.533433

Directions: On the east side of Mountain Lake. Along the Indian Trail. Depart the lodge and walk down to the main dock at the south end of the lake bed. Walk along Indian Trail for about 0.23 miles. Tree is to the left (west) of the trail, about 40 feet into a rhododendron thicket and near the lake bed, where there is a dog leg in the trail.

Owner Address: 115 HOTEL CIR

PEMBROKE, VA 24136-3055

Contact Information

Contact Name: Eric Wiseman

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-231-5148


Original Nominator(s): Eric Wiseman and John Peterson

Additional Information

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