Description To measure the trunk, a mid-slope position was established on its northeast side. There it was measured at 4.5′ above the ground line, just above a large burl. The crown was measured using a missing line routine whereby the distance and direction is measured to points on opposite side of the crown from a fixed position and then the Law of Cosines is used to calculate the crown spread.
Location Rockingham, VA
This champion Chinkapin Oak of Virginia made its debut on the National Register of Champion Trees in 2019. It is the largest known tree of its species in the country as reported to American Forests. This tree is recognized not only for its size but also the critical ecosystem services that it provides such a food and shelter for wildlife, its water purification abilities, and its role in absorbing CO2 from our atmosphere and storing carbon in its wood.
|Tree circumference||287 inches|
|crown spread||113 feet|
|Nominated By||Thomas S. Holland and Eric Wiseman|
|Year Last Measured||2018|
|Record Reference #||6512|
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