Common Name: Japanese pagoda tree
Scientific Name: Styphnolobium japonicum (syn. Sophora japonica)
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 180 in.
Height: 59 ft.
Crown: 80 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2019
Last Measured by: Ben Blankenship
Date First Measured: 1988
Comments: Average crown spread is reduced from 1988. This may be due to branch failure on the long, overextended lower laterals. Even with an extensive cabling system in the tree, the overextended limbs do have internal decay and numerous sites of Nectria cankers. Circumference was obtained 3 feet above grade to avoid the influence of a branch collar.
2019 Update: The tree appears to be in poor health, but is well maintained. There are large amounts of decay on the trunk and upper branches which could lead to branch failure in a few years. Not sound in structure. Has grown in crown spread and circumference over the years. The tree still has an attractive form.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Charlottesville
Land Owner: University of Virginia
GPS Coordinates: 38.036818, -78.502885
Directions: University of Virginia. Directly in front of Madison Hall, near Rotunda.
Owner Address: 1705 University Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Contact Info: Remeasured in 2012 by Landon Webb.
Original Nominator(s): Byron Carmean and Gary Williamson