Red Hill's towering Osage-orange tree reclaims state and national titles

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August 16, 2019

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After half a century on the Champion Tree National Register, Red Hill’s centuries-old Osage-orange tree is back on top.

The Osage-orange at Red Hill is once again the sole state champion in size, also clinching the national co-champion slot with a Delaware Osage-orange.

First measured in 1970, the Red Hill Osage-orange towers over the grounds of the Patrick Henry National Memorial in Brookneal. Despite minor hiccups — like its 2011 dethroning by Osage-orange trees in Alexandria and Delaware — it has been the national champion at one time or another for nearly 50 years.