Common Name: cucumbertree
Scientific Name: Magnolia acuminata
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 276 in.
Height: 57 ft.
Crown: 98 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2015
Last Measured by: Jon Matiuk, Eric Wiseman, and Joel Koci
Date First Measured: 1986
Comments: Originally nominated in the 1970s by Betty Reid of the Virginia Travel Council. Re-nominated in 1986 by Julian Young, curator of the Violet Bank Museum. Newspaper article and old photos on file. Believed to have been planted in 1718. Tree is healthy and protected. Significant cabling and lighting protection in place. Lightning protection has worked in past as evident by black scorch on bark along cable. This tree has historical significance since it is in the yard of General Lee's headquarters during the siege of Petersburg during the Civil War. General Lee could hear the explosion of the "crater" from this location. Some think the tree was given to the original owner of the home by Thomas Jefferson.
Brian Kelley with Gathering Growth Foundation published a nice photo essay on this tree in June 2021: https://www.gatheringgrowth.org/trees-of-significance/violet-bank-cucumber-magnolia
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: City of Colonial Heights
Land Owner: Violet Bank Museum
GPS Coordinates: 37.24164, -77.40522
Directions: Violet Bank Museum http://www.colonialheightsva.gov/Facilities/Facility/Details/Violet-Bank-Museum-44
Owner Address: 303 Virginia Avenue
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Contact Name: Joel Koci
Contact Email: email@example.com
Original Nominator(s): Betty Reid, Julian Young, and Reuse