Norfolk Botanical Garden is home to many notable trees. There are 61 trees are now listed as state champions in the Virginia Big Tree Program that is with the NEW addition of  46 trees! Five trees are listed in the Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project.

Virginia Big Tree Program (from VA Tech Website)

The goal of the Virginia Big Tree Program is to increase the care and appreciation for trees. Trees are ranked by total points based on a formula using circumference at 4.5 feet, height and crown spread. The top five trees for each species are listed in the database. Volunteers are encouraged to search for, nominate and update current trees every 10 years.

Click here for a complete list of the Garden’s Virginia Big Tree Champions.


  • Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens)
  • Crabapple (Malus sp.) – an exceptionally beautiful tree
  • Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
  • Loblolly Pine (Pinus taeda) – site of an American Bald Eagle nest
  • White Oak (Quercus alba) – the oldest tree in the garden