Common Name: pecan
Scientific Name: Carya illinoinensis
Native/Naturalized: Native to North America
Virginia Champion: yes
Circumference: 293 in.
Height: 97 ft.
Crown: 106 ft.
Date Last Measured: 2017
Last Measured by: David Formella and Mark Formella
Date First Measured: 2007
Comments: Declared national champion in 2009. The tree is in a farm yard and was heavily topped in the early 1970s. The owner claims the crew measured the tree at 168 feet tall before topping. The tree is healthy and has recovered well.
2017 update: Tree is very well cared for by the owner. The tree had 57 feet cut off of the top in 1967. It has been in the owner's family for many generations and is well loved. The tree is measured at 4.5 feet standard off of the gravel path to the right side. This gives a more accurate base of the trunk than directly in front due to the upheaval of the root plate. The crown extended over the barn about 5 feet.
Location of Tree
Tree is located in: Isle of Wight
Land Owner: E. C. Goodrich, III
GPS Coordinates: 37.038643, -76.7262
Directions: From the intersection of Moonlight Road and Burwells Bay Road, 1/4 mile north on Moonlight. The tree is behind the residence at 7364 Moonlight Rd, Smithfield, VA.
Owner Address: 7364 Moonlight Road
Smithfield, VA 23430
Owner Phone: 757-570-6589
Contact Name: Eric Wiseman
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact Phone: 540-231-5148
Contact Info: Contact the owner by phone to schedule a remeasurement visit. Another local contact is Bobby Clontz (757-353-7376). The nominator, Abraham Bear, left the VA DOF shortly after nominating the tree.
Original Nominator(s): Abraham Bear