A Remarkable ginkgo

Tree Information
Common Name: ginkgo
Scientific name: Ginkgo biloba
Category: Champion (big) tree
Notes: This is the largest Ginkgo in Virginia. There are several accounts describing how old the tree is. The owners believe the legend that the early White Marsh Plantation owner knew a ship captain and asked him to bring back samples of plants from around the world that would survive in Virginias climate. The owners also believe that due to the warmer climate here and due to the deep roots finding favorable geology beneath White Marsh Plantation, their Ginkgo tree has grown quickly to its large size. The White Marsh Plantation Ginkgo is now recognized as the Virginia USA Champion. It is an immense tree and I am glad I had a chance to measure the tree for the state record book. Who would believe that a tree that grows so slow could get so big! The trees February 2001 dimensions are: height 26.2 m (86 ft), trunk circumference 4.83 m (190 in), average crown diameter 29 m (95 ft). This gives the tree 300 points. This tree was planted approximately in 1820 and the current owners are taking good care of this fine specimen.
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Nominator: Karl von Schmidt-Pauli
Location of Tree
County/City: Gloucester
Name of tree owner: White Marsh Plantation
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