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 of Agnes Scott College

Planted on a main walkway on the edge of campus in 1961 by a biology professor, two 25 inch diameter ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) trees of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia exhibit a splendid fall yellow color. Students, neighbors and faculty look forward to this leaf color change annually, making the trees locally famous and a favorite to many. Remarkably, they drop their leaves in an instant, so no one wants to miss the show.

The ginkgo is an ancient tree found in fossils dating back more than 100 million years. Its fan-shape leaves and branching pattern make it easy to identify. The leaf extract is thought to help retain memory and aid with Alzheimer's disease. 

For more on the Ginkgos of Agnes Scott College Arboretum and Tree Walk, visit 

This nomination is submitted on behalf of the Agnes Scott College Arboretum Committee. Photo taken by Jim Diedrick, Professor of English, Agnes Scott College. 

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  • Very nice, I will be sure to look for it on my next walk through Agnes Scott.
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2016's Winner

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