Tree Information

Common Name: northern white-cedar

Scientific Name: Thuja occidentalis

Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia

Database ID: 53

Status: alive

National Champion: yes

Virginia Champion: yes

Circumference: 182 in.

Height: 120 ft.

Crown: 38 ft.

Points: 312

Date Last Measured: 2015

Last Measured by: Greg Zell

Date First Measured: 1974

Comments: One of the longest-tenured trees in the Va. Big Tree Register. Recognized as national champion in 2019. A higher-scoring tree resides in Alleghany County, but its measurements have not been acceptable for national champion consideration due to the trunk form.

Property was previously occupied by Mrs. Shirley Hancock and family. When re-measured in 2015, the house had been abandoned for some years and was falling apart. The former yard area surrounding the tree is overgrown and returning to forest. The tree itself is quite impressive. It has lost some lateral limbs in excess of 30' long, but appears to be a natural pruning process for older-age trees. Forester Billy Newman remeasured the tree in 1986.

Top: Jan 1975. Left to Right. Arthur W. Ordel, John A. Carter, George Walker. Bottom: 2015

Location of Tree

Tree is located in: Nelson

State Map

Land Owner: Private

GPS Coordinates: 37.71115, -78.927922

Directions: Private. GPS shown here is approximate to the general area.

Contact Information

Contact Name: Greg Zell

Contact Email:


Original Nominator(s): John A. Carter, Arthur W. Ordel, and George W. Walker

Other Nominators: All three were foresters for Hardwood Lumber Corp. of VA

Additional Information

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