The forests of Virginia are among the most diverse in the country.
- More than 75% of Virginia’s forests are hardwood.
- Pine makes up 20%, about two thirds of which were planted pines.
Forest Stand Size
- More than 60% of Virginia’s forests are large diameter (11 inches for hardwood/9 inches for softwood).
- The volume of Virginia’s forest has increased steadily since 1940.
Top Tree Species in Virginia
- In Virginia, loblolly pine and yellow-poplar are the most common trees in terms of volume, while red maple and loblolly pine are the most common trees in terms of number of trees.
|By Volume||By Number of Trees|
|1. Loblolly Pine||1. Red Maple|
|2. Yellow-Poplar||2. Loblolly Pine|
|3. Chestnut Oak||3. Yellow-Poplar|
|4. White Oak||4. Sweetgum|
|5. Red Maple||5. Black Gum|
|6. Northern Red Oak||6. American Holly|
|7. Sweetgum||7. Virginia Pine|
|8. Virginia Pine||8. White Oak|
|9. Scarlet Oak||9. Chestnut Oak|
|10. Eastern White Pine||10. Hornbeam|
- Learn more about the forest inventory in Virginia and read forest inventory analysis reports.
- View the USDA Forest Service online application EVALIDator to query forest attributed across the United States, including Virginia.