Great American Tree 2017

2017 Great American Tree

This year’s Great American Tree competition had 30 charming nominations, all who uniquely defined what it means to be a summer tree. Our top five trees with the most member votes were Memorable Magnoila, Rhea Water Oak, White Oak of Tennessee, Pentz Pecan, and Magnolia Macrophylla.

Thanks to all the tree-enthusiast throughout our nation who contributed entries to our 3nd annual competition. Your participation is important to our organization dedicated to flourishing urban forests.

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

Bryant Yellow-poplar

The Yellow-poplar  (Liriodendron tulipifera) is Tennessee's State Tree.   Some specimens grow to prodigious heights in the Smokey Mtns.  Also known as Tuliptree or Tulip-poplar,  it is considered both a pioneer species and a climax species.  The species has wide range covering most of the eastern U.S.  Many eastern pioneer cabins were constructed of poplar.  It remains an important tree for lumber as well as aesthetic plantings, producing lovely yellow & orange flowers the size of silver dollars.    

The nominee is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Josh Bryant of Williston, TN, and gracefully shades their front lawn.  It is the reigning champion of its species in Fayette County, TN, and what a whopper it is, standing 97' tall, with a trunk girth of 21' 9", and crown of 83' width. The tree has quite a history.  At least three generations of local youths have played beneath it.   With an air of dignity and ambience, this old tree continues to delight and is a worthy representative of summer fun and relaxation.

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  • It's always a pleasure to discover a magnificent tree such as this one; appreciated, protected and shared by a family of dedicated enthusiasts for generations!
  • Gorgeous tree!!! Shows magnolia at it's best.....
  • Amazing tree
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First Place goes to Pentz Pecan (or softshell hickory) from Sommerville, Tennessee. 

2nd place goes to Magnolia Macrophylla from Woodland's garden in Atlanta Georgia

3rd place awarded to a Tennessee White Oak