The Lone Hill United Methodist Church National Champion Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana), has planted its legacy with Georgia residents and within the hearts of American Grove members.
2018’s Great American Tree embodies the deep-rooted connectedness shared among families connected by Coffee County, Georgia. The Lone Hill United Methodist Church national champion tree is as strong as it is sturdy, lifting the spirits of those who have come into contact with its encompassing stature. A symbol of immortal admiration, our Great American Tree provides shade and comfort to those who need it most. Through years of unwavering support, this tree has become a consistent family member to Georgia residents. Our humbling giant is a product of community that embraces those who stop to exchange smiles and hugs beneath the branches.
This year’s runner up is the noble Knight Oak of Tampa, Florida. This oak is thought to be one of the oldest living trees in the city. This tree honors the legacy of Peter O. Knight, a historic American military leader. This tree not only serves as an honor to the Knight family, but is also an honor to behold. This live oak is nothing short of magnificent. The gothic style tree stands proud and unwavering conveying a sense of strength throughout the years of its residency. However, the beauty does not take away from the surrounding grove members, but instead adds a sense of prestige and dignity to its immediate environment. The historical significance exemplifies a truly worthy specimen.
Third Place: There are many fascinating aspects to the biology of the Devil's Walking Stick. The sharp thorns found on the trunk, branches, and leaves, give the Devil's Walking Stick its common name. The spikes on the bark are used to fight off hungry herbivores. However, in metro Atlanta, this tree receives nothing but love and admiration! Although not inviting to the touch, it still welcomes those in search of summer shade and company. The Devil's Walking Stick resides in Decatur's Woodlands Garden. This native tree with giant compound leaves welcomes all visitors and pollinators.
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