Description Was measured in 2002 at 354 points. One of two large honeylocust trees located in Godwin Cemetery of Fincastle United Methodist Church. From Historic Fincastle Tour Guide: ‘Earliest graves date from the mid 1800s and are located along Church Street, on land purchased by James Godwin in 1801 for a family graveyard. A portion of his property was deeded to John Slicer in 1891 for his family burials. At the top of the hill was land owned by A.E.G. Aurick, which passed to the Bolton family. By 1898, the Godwin Cemetery Trustees acquired the properties.
2019 Update: The tree is healthy and has continued to grow since last measured in 2010. The tree has suffered some damage to the main leader, however, a healthy amount of wound wood has formed. There was some poison-ivy in the tree. The score dropped a bit when height was measured using a laser hypsometer.
Location Botetourt, VA
This champion Honeylocust 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||247 inches|
|crown spread||112 feet|
|Nominated By||William S. Hubard|
|Year Last Measured||2019|
|Record Reference #||4900|
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