Tree Information

Common Name: pignut hickory

Scientific Name: Carya glabra

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 3022

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 159 in.

Height: 132 ft.

Crown: 73 ft.

Points: 309

Date Last Measured: 2023

Last Measured by: Dan Miles and Beck Stanley

Date First Measured: 2023

From nominator Dan Miles: The tree is in fine condition, with an apparently solid trunk that arches gently over the cove below, and rises to great heights before the first branch. I was walking with a friend on a closed Forest Service road, where it meanders in and out of steep, rich coves, while we admired some grand trees in an open grove of mostly tuliptrees over a hundred years old. I noticed an exceptionally large tree, about four feet in diameter, with a very clean bole and broad canopy. Such a large tree with that form I thought must be a red oak, but approaching it, I realized that this was the biggest hickory I had ever seen! We made an informal trunk measurement, checked the big tree database, and realized that we had a possible champion pignut hickory!

Tree is located on a steep slope, so the trunk girth was measured 4.5' above the mid-slope position. Terrain and height of tree make field measurements of height and crown spread very difficult. Therefore, 2017 LiDAR from USGS was used to measure those dimensions.

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Dan Miles Nov-22

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Botetourt

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Land Owner: U.S. Forest Service

GPS Coordinates: 37.5035, -79.56875

Directions: Located in the Glenwood/Pedlar Ranger District of the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, southeast of Arcadia. Near the end of Forest Service Road 3101, which is unpaved and is gated seasonally to prevent road damage. The tree is visible from this road during the dormant season and is a short walk down a spur ridge from the roadbed. Several pullovers along the road near the tree are available for parking.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Dan Miles

Contact Email:

Contact Info: Beck Stanley contact info on private record.


Original Nominator(s): Dan Miles

Other Nominators: Beck Stanley

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