Tree Information

Common Name: mountain laurel

Scientific Name: Kalmia latifolia

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 3079

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 37 in.

Height: 22 ft.

Crown: 40 ft.

Points: 69

Date Last Measured: 2023

Last Measured by: Byron Carmean, Dylan Kania, Gary Williamson

Date First Measured: 2023

Comments: This mountain laurel is a remarkable size for its species and is most likely very old. It appears quite healthy, but does have some dead wood on the lower branches. Its trunk splits into 3 stems at ground line, but appears to be a single tree. Three stems: Stem 1: 20" measured @ 4.5'. Stem 2: 37" measured @ 4'. Stem 3: 36" measured @ 1'. For scoring, the largest of these stems was used. All stems included in crown spread.

D. Kania Jun-23

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: City of Newport News

State Map

Land Owner: The Mariners' Museum and Park

GPS Coordinates: 37.042236, -76.484342

Directions: Take Museum Dr/Shore Dr in Newport News to the Noland Trail Parking (near the dam and James River). Take the trail on the east side of Mariners' Lake around the first cove. The tree is on the north side of the peninsula.

Owner Address: 100 Museum Drive

Newport News, VA 23606

Owner Phone: 757-596-2222

Contact Information

Contact Name: Byron Carmean

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 757-934-0588

Contact Info: Erica Deale,


Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean, Dylan Kania, Gary Williamson

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