Grand Trees

Grand Trees

Grand Trees of Fearrington


This document provides additional information about the finest trees to be found in the village.  Eight special trees have been identified, representing five separate species.  Four of them are county champions.  The trees were identified with help from Grand Trees of Chatham, an organization that promotes an appreciation of magnificent trees in the county.

Below you can access photographs of each tree, taken both in winter (without leaves on deciduous trees) and in summer.  The two photos may offer different perspectives.  The person in each summer photo gives a sense of scale – she is roughly 5½ feet tall.  A map and further instructions are provided below to help you find the trees.  Further details are provided about the statistics defining the size of each tree.  The trees are numbered based on their size relative to the North Carolina champions for the appropriate species.

There are other website pages devoted to notable trees in Fearrington, although many of the featured trees are not native species. One page is devoted to trees in the Village Center; a second provides information about trees in Camden Park.  These pages were written in 2013 by Guy Baird, a local resident, with photos by Jim Brooking.

The Eight Grand Trees

There are winter and summer photos for each tree.
Click on a photo for an enlarged view.

1. Loblolly Pine, Winter

1. Loblolly Pine, Summer

2. Loblolly Pine, Winter

2. Loblolly Pine, Summer


3. White Oak, Winter

3. White Oak, Summer

4. White Oak, Winter

4. White Oak, Summer


5. White Oak, Winter

5. White Oak, Summer

6. Southern Red Oak, Winter

6. Southern Red Oak, Summer


7. Pecan, Winter

7. Pecan, Summer

8. American Elm, Winter

8. American Elm, Summer

Location of Each Tree

The map shows where you can find each of the trees.  Further explanations of how to locate each tree are provided in the table below.  For each tree, the position is described relative to some landmark.  If you have a smart phone or other device that displays GPS coordinates (latitude and longitude), you can use the device to direct you to the right location.

1. Loblolly PineN 35.80507  W 79.08815
From the Fitch Bridge trailhead, take the trail 50 yards south.
2. Loblolly PineN 35.80842  W 79.08477
From Fitch Bridge, take the trail 500 yards northeast.  The tree is on the north side of creek.
3. White OakN 35.80030  W 79.08607
From Village Way, 140 yards east of Windstone, go south to the entrance to Fitch Creations.
4. White OakN 35.80111  W 79.09247
North side of Fearrington House Restaurant, beside gateway to lawn.
5. White OakN 35.79972  W 79.08815
Northern corner of McDowell Square, at corner of McDowell and E. Madison.
6. Southern Red OakN 35.80377  W 79.09330
Southwest end of Benchmark, between tennis courts and bocce court.
7. PecanN 35.80062  W 79.09268
The northern of two Pecan trees behind Fearrington House.
8. American ElmN 35.80478  W 79.08687
Play area west side of Windstone, 40 yards southwest of basketball court.

Measurements and Other Statistics

 TreeHeightCircum-ference1Canopy Spread2Points3Champion Points
Relative Points4
1Loblolly Pine138 ft136 in52 ft28732888%
2Loblolly Pine135 ft121 in67 ft27332883%
3White Oak85 ft180 in99 ft28940971%
4White Oak70 ft154 in82 ft24540960%
5White Oak80 ft140 in85 ft24140959%
6Southern Red Oak70 ft180 in93 ft27346758%
7Pecan80 ft96 in99 ft19839550%
8American Elm85 ft92 in66 ft19338550%

1 Circumference measured 4.5 feet above the tree’s base.

2 Canopy Spread = Average diameter of canopy. This is divided by 4 in calculating points.

3 Points = Height in feet + Circumference in inches + (Canopy Spread in feet / 4).

4 Relative Points = 100 * (Tree Points / Champion Points for this species).

Methods for obtaining the three critical measurements are described in a booklet available through the North Carolina Forest Service.

A group of Fearrington residents, organized by the Green Scene, identified candidate trees in the village.  Members of Grand Trees of Chatham County measured the trees, and together they identified the eight Grand Trees.

Written by Gordon Pitz and Tony Daniels, with photos by Gordon Pitz.