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.

The Majestic Oak

Located in Savannah, Georgia, The Majestic Oak is spectacular and a deserving nominee for the 2017 Great American Tree Competition. At more than 300 years old, its limbs and leaves cast cool summer shade on those who stop by to bask in its glory. Pictured are members of the Georgia Urban Forest Council.

The Savannah Tree Foundation's website says "The Majestic Oak is probably the largest and definitely one of the oldest trees in Savannah, believed to be over 300 years old and a witness to the Great Savannah Races of 1910 and 1911, when it hosted the Mercer Auto Camp. The Majestic Oaks neighborhood was established in this area in the early 1980s.  The Majestic Oaks Home Owners Association now owns and maintains the tree. Popular lore holds the tree may once have been a part of the Wormsloe Plantation in nearby Isle of Hope."

Majestic Oak Dimensions (as of 7/2009):
27’ 8” Girth (circumference) measured at 4′ from the ground
165’ 7” Longest distance of branches from tip to tip
300-500 Approximate age in years


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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