Common Name: southern magnolia
Scientific Name: Magnolia grandiflora
Native/Naturalized: Native to Virginia
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 266 in.
Height: 61 ft.
Crown: 61 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2016
Last Measured by: Eric Wiseman, Alex Cassell, Byron Carmean, and Chris Bradshaw
Date First Measured: 2006
Comments: The tree resides on the property of a renovated historic home that was built in the late 1880s by the Sheriff of Sussex County at that time.
It was crowned the national champion in 2010, but was later disqualified due to abnormalities in the trunk and the subsequent difficulties in taking an appropriate trunk circumference measurement. The trunk of the tree is highly irregular, with several upright stems and low branches. There is much room for debate over the most appropriate location to measure the trunk and what to include. When the tree was measured in 2006, the trunk was measured by wrapping the tape around the entirety of the clump of stems near ground line, resulting in a measurement of 277 inches.
When measured in 2016, the decision was made to measure around several fused upright stems while excluding a few low branches and unfused stems. This resulted in a smaller circumference than previously measureed. All stems and branches were considered when measuring the crown spread. In 2020, the tree was once again recognized as national co-champion, sharing the title with a tree in Mississippi.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Sussex
Land Owner: Unknown
GPS Coordinates: 36.723057, -77.438979
Directions: Tree is located prominently in the front yard of the house at 11102 Fortsville Road Emporia, VA 23847, just to the right of the driveway.
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Contact Info: Former owner moved from the property in 2020. New owner is unknown.
Original Nominator(s): Chris Bradshaw