Arkansas' champion Bald Cypress claims the title of 2016's Great American Tree

2016's Great American Tree has been found

The American Grove is happy to announce that this year's Great American Tree is a champion Bald Cypress, the largest tree in Arkansas. This magnificent tree can be found in Northwest Arkansas in the White River Refuge. This magnificent tree, with a circumference of 516 inches, a crown spread of 93 feet, and a height of 120 feet has beauty that can only truly be appreciated in person.

"I feel a Bald Cypress would make an excellent winner of the Great American Tree Competition. Bald Cypress are an industrious, determined, and strong species, able to survive in areas that other species would drown in, persevering against all odds to bring shade and roosts for birds in swampy areas. Many animals utilize bald cypress trees. Frogs, toads and salamanders all use bald cypress as breeding areas. Bears sometimes choose Bald Cypress trees to den in. I feel that because the tree helps bring new life to the world and not just of their own children, but helps others bring theirs into the world is an excellent example of how our diverse culture should harmonize, working to create the greatest good, for the greatest number, for the longest time."

You can find American Grove's Great American Tree in this video at around 7 minutes.

Thank you to Regine Skelton for submitting this majestic beauty and thank you to all members who submitted unique trees into our second annual competition. Much appreciation to everyone who cast their vote as well as our national all-star urban forestry panel who had the tough decision of selecting this year's Great American Tree.

Our two runners up are Bessemer City's Cedar Tree and Wisconsin's White Oak!

Check out all of the 2016's beautiful nominees here!

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