Tree Information

Common Name: silver fir

Scientific Name: Abies alba

Native/Naturalized: Naturalized

Database ID: 3095

Status: alive

National Champion: no

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 87 in.

Height: 86 ft.

Crown: 33 ft.

Points: 181

Date Last Measured: 2022

Last Measured by: Tom Armstrong, Jared Manzo, Eric Wiseman, Moriah Moss

Date First Measured: 2022

Healthy specimen with balanced and even crown. Lots of sapsucker feeding on the trunk, but doesn't appear to be affecting vitality of tree. Species identification is uncertain. It doesn't match traits well with any of the well known native and nonnative fir species. A defining characteristic of this tree is that the cone bracts are exserted. This narrows the possibilities considerably. Leading possibilities for the species identification based on cone, bark, form, and needles include: Abies alba, Abies cephalonica, Abies firma, Abies procera, Abies koreana. Ms. Kelly was asked about identity of the tree. Her feedback: "I have no landscape drawings that indicate when the big fir next to the brick walkway was planted or what the exact species is. I do have one drawing of Benton, when the front of the house was on that side. I do not see a tree in that drawing. My guess is that the fir was planted after Mr. Sands made the other side of the house the main entrance."

E. Wiseman. July 2022.

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Loudoun

State Map

Land Owner: Betsy Leith Kelly

GPS Coordinates: 39.002764, -77.766077

Owner Email: Private

Directions: Benton Farm. Located on south side of home to the left of the sidewalk leading to the main entrance.

Owner Address: 35758 Snake Hill Rd.

Middleburg, VA 20117

Owner Phone: Private

Contact Information

Contact Name: Tom Armstrong

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 540-305-1895

Contact Info: Owner mailing address: PO Box 1785 Middleburg VA 20118


Original Nominator(s): Tom Armstrong, Jared Manzo, Eric Wiseman, Moriah Moss

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