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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Veterans Memorial Oak

At least 100 years ago one of Edmonds citizens chose to plant a pin oak in downtown Edmonds, Washington. On this same property in the 1990s Edmonds decided to build a Public Safety Building which includes a court, a place for the City Council to meet and the headquarters for the Police Department. Next door is the Fire Department When the city decided to build this complex in the 1990s they made sure that the pin oak was protected. This large tree ( 60 feet tall by 40 feet wide) was kept to shade the people who used the building. Its fall color is part of its attractions.

On Memorial Day this year this same property next to the Public Safety Building was dedicated as a Veterans’ Memorial. Now the tree is shading the veterans who come to sit and contemplate the lives of the many Edmonds residents who served their country. The shade has been welcome during a very warm July and early August. The Edmonds pin oak, quercus palustris, is approximately 100-110 years old. It is native to the eastern part of the United States. They are very sturdy and tolerant of adverse conditions. This tree, native to the east coast and thriving on the west coast, deserves to be called 2017's Great American tree.

Nominated by: Barbara Chase

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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