Common Name: bitternut hickory
Scientific Name: Carya cordiformis
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Database ID: 2697
National Champion: yes
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 237 in.
Height: 106 ft.
Crown: 100 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2020
Last Measured by: Bill Worrell and Eric Wiseman
Date First Measured: 2019
2021 update: This tree was crowned sole national champ by American Forests in 2021.
Tree is open grown on steep terrain. As a result, the crown spreads broadly and the trunk flare is heavily buttressed. No indications of decline or structural instability. Trunk girth was measured at 4.5' above the mid-slope position. Crown spread was calculated by averaging the crown radius measured at 8 cardinal and inter-cardinal positions around the crown perimeter and adding the trunk diameter.
Tree shares its home with a herd of alpacas. The tree was entered in the Russell County 4-H Big Tree Contest in 2019 by Riley Musick.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Russell
Land Owner: Deborah Bailey
GPS Coordinates: 36.91154, -82.06382
Owner Email: email@example.com
Directions: Tree is in a fence line of a pasture between properties. From Lebanon, take Haber Drive towards Russell County Animal Shelter and Easterly Park. Take left near shelter on Haber Drive. Take first driveway on left with Alpaca Farm sign. Tree is on the left through the gates toward the barn.
Owner Address: 201 Alpaca Lane
Lebanon, VA 24266
Owner Phone: 276-608-0340
Contact Name: Bill Worrell
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 276-889-8056
Original Nominator(s): Riley Musick and Bill Worrell