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.

White oak after a Wisconsin flood

You may recognize this Wisconsin white oak from last year's GATC. This tree is renominated with a new meaningful photo after more than 8" of rain fell in a two-day period causing widespread flooding; a state of emergency was declared.
"In the aftermath of the flooding in Kenosha, I visited That Farm Tree. Her field fared well; better than most. The corn growth was almost shocking, and the tender soybeans looked healthy. I left the field, boots caked with mud, filled with a reassuring contentment that, although sometimes difficult, life goes on."

7-13-17, Nancy Barthuly
This great white oak is rooted in a Kenosha County farm field, and represents our farming history.  She has endured heavy rain, brutally cold winters, and calm, hot summer nights whilst crickets sing, fireflies signal, and bats swoop all around.  Just over the Illinois border, her existence likely spanned the last two Cubs World Series wins – a gap of 108 years.  Across the street, "progress" takes hold in the form of warehouses and technology.  However, she stands firm, tall and steady, continuing to watch over her fields, providing shade for a weary farmer.

Species:  White Oak
Size:  Approximately 12' in circumference
Height:  Approximately 72' high
Nominated by: Nancy Barthuly  
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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