2018's Great American Tree Competition

Please enjoy all the beautiful nominations we recieved in this year's competition. Click a photo below to learn more! Vist our homepage to cast your vote for your favorite Great American Tree! Voting closes midnight (ET) on June 22nd.

Arkansas Champion Sand Post Oak

 

Species: Quercuz Stellata Var. Margaretta

Location: Clark County Arkansas, Near Gum Springs

Circumference: 125 inches

Crown Spread: 88 ft 

Height: 70 ft

The Sand Post oak is usually a small to medium, scrubby, deciduous tree topping at an average height between 20 and 30 feet, however this PAIR of Quercus margaretta has dominated this street corner for over a hundred years. A small barn is nestled beneath these towering giants, no doubt these massive beings already shaded the area tempting the farmer to build there, under their watchful gaze.

Sand Post Oak trees provide valuable resources to many wildlife species. Birds and mammals use cavities as nesting and resting sites. As the trees age into maturity they begin producing acorns, however this species has been known to reach ages of 20 and 30 years before producing. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, squirrels and various other rodents depend on the soft mast of their acorns, however these same acorns are poisonous to some domestic livestock (goats, cattle, and sheep).

While the wood is highly resistant to disease and insects due to the increased tannins, the tree is not considered to produce good timber. This fact appears to have saved this pair from being milled into mining timbers, railroad ties, flooring, siding, or mulch (which as common uses for the Post Oak Species as a whole).

 

Nominated by Regine Skelton

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GRAND PRIZE: $500

SECOND PLACE: $250

THIRD PLACE: $100

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JUNE 8th 2018