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. 

Recent measurements re-affirmed this Eastern Redcedar’s stature as a National Champion.  The circumference of the trunk is 251 inches, its height is 56 feet, and the crown exceeds 88 feet. The estimated age is approximately 250 years old.

This humbling giant remains immortal to those who have had the pleasure to stumble across it. Standing under its shade, there is a calm and somber atmosphere while providing comfort to those who need it most. This tree is more than just a community member, it is a family member for those who have loved ones resting in Coffee County. 

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 of the 15 submissions represents the American Grove motto "Plant Your Legacy." Click a photo entry below to learn more! 

Post Oak, a National Big Tree

Species:Quercus stellata
Location:Jackson, Tennessee
It is a special tree because it is a magnificent specimen of a Post Oak that qualifies as the National Big Tree in its category.  I knew the tree existed in Jackson, Tennessee and was always on the lookout for it.  When I passed by it one day, I instantly recognized it from the picture.  I recently contacted a forester to have it officially measured to nominate it for the National Big Tree Registry.
It is 95 feet tall, 17 feet 9 inches in circumference, and has 127 feet crown spread from all four sides.
Nominated by Greg Sills
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  • Great work, Greg!   Glad you got active and found a lovely and large Post Oak worthy of national ranking.   

    • Thanks for commenting, iam a fan of yours. seems like every champ tree i see you are the nominater.  

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