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Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora)

American Forests National Tree Register, Species: Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora), State: VA
Description The tree is growing next to an old house that was built in the late 1880’s. The trunk of the tree is highly irregular, with several upright stems and low branches. There is much room for debate over the most appropriate location to measure the trunk and what to include. The decision was made to measure around several fused upright stems while excluding a few low branches and unfused stems. This resulted in a smaller circumference than previously measured. All stems and branches were considered when measuring the crown spread.

Location Sussex, VA

This champion Southern Magnolia of Virginia made its debut on the National Register of Champion Trees in 2020. 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.

Trunk circumference266 inches
height61 feet
crown spread 61 feet
Total points342

Nominated ByChris Bradshaw
Year Nominated2009
Date Crowned2020-09-24
Year Last Measured2016
Record Reference #4650

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September 30th, 2020|Categories: Big Trees|Tags: |