The Memorial Arboretum is home to three state champion trees and two co-champion trees.

The Virginia Big Tree Program of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University was started in 1970 to increase the care and appreciation of our state trees. Volunteers of the program go out in the field every six years and take measurements.

In order to be considered a champion, co-champion or to make the top five list for a tree species, the tree needs to rank highest with regards to tree height, crown spread and trunk circumference. If two trees score within five points of each other, they are designated co-champions.

By going to, you can view the cemetery's champion trees, and the other high ranking native and non-native species across the state.

We are extremely proud of all our tree specimens, and we hope you have an opportunity to get out and view them.