Tree Information

Common Name: waxmyrtle

Scientific Name: Morella cerifera (syn. Myrica cerifera)

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 2891

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 43 in.

Height: 29 ft.

Crown: 31 ft.

Points: 80

Date Last Measured: 2021

Last Measured by: Byron Carmean & Gary Williamson

Date First Measured: 2021


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

Tree appears very healthy and sound. The area is protected and the tree grows where it gets good light adjacent to a marsh. Circumference was measured at 1 foot above the ground due to the trunk forking below chest height. Tree has a single trunk, but it forks below chest height. At 4.5' there are 5 stems: 18", 18", 21", 15", 15".

Gary Williamson Mar-21

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Virginia Beach

State Map

Land Owner: Commonwealth of Virginia - Dept. of Wildlife Resources

GPS Coordinates: 36.589442, -75.990014

Directions: Take Princess Anne Road south to Back Bay Landing Road (go east) to end of road. Take trail along left side of canal behind parking area. As heading east on trail, tree is approximately 200 paces past "no wake" sign and 100 feet north of trail at edge of berm out in marsh.

Owner Address: 1300 Back Bay Landing Rd

Virginia Beach, VA 23457

Owner Phone: 804-829-6580

Contact Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588


Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean

Other Nominators: Gary Williamson

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