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Chinaberry (Melia azedarach)

American Forests National Tree Register, Species: Chinaberry (Melia azedarach), State: VA
Description Tree is located in Blandford Cemetery, one of the oldest and largest in America, which is the resting place of some 30,000 Confederate soldiers who lost their lives during the Siege of Petersburg. The tree has pushed up and toppled a grave stone dated 1882. 2017: Tree is in good health and one old stem has been replaced by healthy new ones. Tree has increased in size since its last measurement. The circumference is significantly larger likely due to previous error in measurement. The tree splits at 2 feet above the ground so it was measured below the split.

Location Petersburg, VA


Melia azedarach

This champion Chinaberry of Virginia made its debut on the list of American Forests Champion Trees in , as it is the largest known tree of its species in the country. By recognizing these champions, we recognize the beauty and critical ecosystem services provided by our biggest and oldest trees.

Tree circumference204
crown spread 46
Total points251

LOCATIONPetersburg, VA
Nominated byBen and Stu Blankenship
Year Nominated2018
Date crowned

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May 10th, 2019|Categories: Big Trees|Tags: |