A monster of a Willow Oak in the Union County town of Marvin has been named a National Champion by American Forests, a non-profit conservation group that keeps the country’s National Register of trees.
According to the N.C. State Forestry Service, which confirmed the Oak’s measurements, the tree has a circumference of 337 inches, height of 90 feet, and an average crown spread of 135 feet, totaling 461 points – making it the second largest oak on the National Register. Typically Willow Oaks grow to 60-75 feet with a crown spread of 40-50 feet.
Charlotte tree enthusiast Brett Dupree, who is a member of the Mecklenburg County Treasure Trees program, nominated the Willow Oak. It’s located in a neighborhood called The Reserve of Union County. The closest address to the tree is the community center: 10022 Royal Colony Dr. Waxhaw, NC 28173.
For a look at the complete 2020 National Register or North Carolina’s national champion list, visit https://www.americanforests.org/get-involved/americas-biggest-trees/champion-trees-national-register/.