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.

Atlanta's American Chestnut

An American Chestnut (Castanea dentata) standing 40' high with a 28" diameter trunk located in Atlanta Georgia in a neighborhood near Clairmont Road and I-85 this tree is an urban jewel. It is rare to see a chestnut of this size especially in the metro-Atlanta area. I noticed this tree driving by thinking it was a sasafrass and upon closer inspection it was a chestnut. It's not this tree's size that impresses me, its it withstanding the test of time in an urban neighborhood where it could have been carelessly cut down or diseased. The street it is located on is Skyland Trail near Drew Valley Road.

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  • FYI, That is an Asian Chestnut. Definitely a beauty.
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2016's Winner

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