It is my understanding that the state champion longleaf pine for Virginia is currently up in the air. It is my understanding that the previous champion, the "Cypress Chapel" tree was struck by lightning and is dead. See below for information on the previous champion. The current contention is between the "Everwoods Tree" and the "Oceana Tree". Until the matter is settled, information on both trees will be presented.
Chuck Peoples, of International Paper, measures (the potential) new champion native Virginia longleaf pine at Everwoods, Suffolk City, VA on October 23, 2001. Note that tree contains a healed turpentine scar. Everwoods was a previously unknown site to science and the (potential) new champion longleaf pine measures 32.5 inches in diameter. For more information, click here
NAS Oceana Longleaf Pine
Comments: One of two champion trees recognized the City of Virginia Beach. There has been some issue raised that the tree may not be a Virginia native since it is amongst other longleaf obviously planted. Nonetheless a big impressive tree.
Location = Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginina Beach, VA
Nominator: Brian Hostetter
Cypress Chapel Former Champion Longleaf--dead, killed by lightning
Circumference = 98 inches; Height = 84 feet; Crown
Spread = 43 feet; Score = 193; Comments: Small scar 3 feet long at the
base of the tree.; Location: Suffolk County, Virginia. ¼ mile S.E.
of Cypress Chapel in the City of Suffolk; ¼ mile south of Section
Road 675; ¼ mile east of Section Road 642; Nominator = Toni Sanderson
and William Pierce (pictured ); Date = 6/1987; Owner: International Paper;
Photo: Toni Sanderson
VA Big Tree Coordinator: Jeff Kirwan; Department
of Forestry, Cheatham Hall, Virginia Tech email: email@example.com
Any comments on this tree contact firstname.lastname@example.org