The Virginia Big Tree Program maintains a register of the 3 largest specimens of over 300 native, non-native, and naturalized tree species. The register includes information about each tree’s size, location, and unique characteristics. Each tree must be re-certified every 10 years to maintain its status in the register. The Virginia Big Tree Program is affiliated with the National Register of Champion Trees, which is administered by American Forests. Virginia has consistently ranked among the top-five states for national champion trees.
This osage-orange (Maclura pomifera) tree is located on the grounds of the Patrick Henry National Memorial. With a trunk circumference of 328 inches and a height of 65 feet it has been a national champion tree off and on for 50 years, it is also a Virginia Champion as well. The tree is rumored to be over 300 years old and to have been a favorite resting spot for Patrick Henry.
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