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Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos)

American Forests National Tree Register, Species: Honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos), State: VA
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


Gleditsia triacanthos

This champion Honeylocust of Virginia made its debut on the list of American Forests Champion Trees in 2019, 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 circumference247
crown spread 112
Total points378

Nominated byWilliam S. Hubard
Year Nominated2011
Date crowned2019-10-03

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October 4th, 2019|Categories: Big Trees|Tags: |