Great American Tree Competition

This year’s Great American Tree competition had some absolutely beautiful nominations, many of which exemplify this year's theme of unique fall color. Our top five trees with the most member votes were Bessemer City’s Cedar Tree, Largest Tree in Arkansas, White Oak of Wisconsin, Rancho Cucamonga’s Live Oak, and Ginkgo of Agnes Scott College.

Click a photo below to learn more about each unique entry.

Ginkgo tree of Barbara Chase

Species: Ginkgo biloba ( also spelled Gingko)

Location: In front of the Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Ave. N.
Edmonds, WA 98020

Size: 12 feet tall by 9 feet wide. Circumference 16 inches, diameter approx. 5 1/2 inches.

This tree deserves to be 2016's Great American Tree because the ginkgo tree is the only living species in the division Ginkgophyta, all others are extinct.
It was found in fossils dating back 270 million years ago in the time of the dinosaurs.

Its toughness and resilience have helped it survive. Its beautiful leaves are unattractive to pests. It can survive in places with atmospheric pollution.

Although most common in China and Japan it can be grown all over the world. Its seeds are used medicinally in Asia and its leaves are used in the West, especially for helping with memory.

The Tree Board in Edmonds is educating the populace about good trees. Right tree in the right place is what we promote. There is a conflict sometimes between people who love their trees versus those who love their views of the mountains and Puget Sound. So we encourage people to be thoughtful about where they plant their trees.
'Autumn Gold' is male with striking golden leaves and grows 50 ft. tall by 30 feet wide.

Ginkgo can be the right tree for some areas of the city. The tree I have nominated is in a very visible place where people can easily see its good attributes. Its gorgeous color in the fall makes it a very desirable tree.

Nominated by Barbara Chase

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2016's Winner

The Largest Tree in Arkansas, a champion bald cypress, was voted The 2016 Great American Tree.