2018's Great American Tree Competition

Announcing 2018's Great American Tree

The Lone Hill United Methodist Church National Champion Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), has planted a legacy upon the residents of Coffee County, Georgia and within the hearts of American Grove members.

2018’s Great American Tree, the Lone Hill United Methodist Church National Champion Eastern Redcedar, is as strong as it is sturdy, lifting the spirits of those who have come into contact with its encompassing stature in the cemetery that traces its history to it first known burial in 1848.

Through the years the tree has been featured in such varied publications as the Douglas EnterpriseSmithsonian magazine, Janisse Ray’s book Wild Card Quilt, and the Coffee Historical Society’s Coffee Chronicles. Those visiting will witness a majestic tree that has nurtured and sheltered generations of the faithful. 

 

This year’s Great American Tree competition had 15 charming nominations, all who uniquely defined what it means to be a Great American Tree. We recieved over 5,000 votes during our member voting period. Our top five trees with the most member votes were _.

All submissions received in our 2018 Great American Tree Competition, from the youngest sapling to decade old oaks, aid in the celebration of our nation’s diversity of trees. Each submission uniquely represents the American Grove motto "Plant Your Legacy." Click a photo entry below to learn more! 

 

Massive Ash Tree in Virginia

Genus: Fraxinus

Location: Fairfax, Va

"This huge Ash Tree stands beside our house in the Rockfish Valley. Thus far it has defeated the emerald ash borer with help from its owner, Irene Wellman who has hired an arborist to inject it and two companions. Nearby is its mate, a female and one offspring is in the center of the circular drive. Estimated height and width are both 75 feet with a diameter of 5 feet."

Submitted by Bill Plyer

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The Lone Hill United Methodist Church National Champion Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), has planted a legacy upon the residents of Coffee County, Georgia and within the hearts of American Grove members.