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.

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Wyoming's white willow

 Our submission is a beautiful white willow tree that is located at the High Plains Arboretum here in Cheyenne, WY.  This tree is about 40’ high and has a canopy spread of about 60’.  It was originally planted in our Arboretum around 1954 and has grown to be a beautiful tree to rest under for shade or to have a picnic. All of our trees at the Arboretum are special, but this willow seems to personify everything you want in a tree during the summer months.  Our Arboretum is a nice step away from the sound pollution of the city.  The quiet there is remarkable,  especially under this white willow.  When the wind blows you can almost hear the leaves gently clapping together like soft bells.  Along with the cooling shade, this tree provides an oasis of sorts from the hot summer sun.

-submitted by Emily Fowler

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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