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: Williamsport Elementary School, Maryland

Since the school was built in1959, students, teachers, and families have enjoyed this tree at the Williamsport Elementary School in Maryland. Teachers in the school have used the tree to teach science, art, history, mathematics, and reading. Students enjoy the cool shade and clean air provided by the tree during recess. Countless animals and insects inhabit this tree. It has served as “base” for thousands of games of tag over the years and the tree provides a fond memory for adults of the “good old days” when they went to school as youngsters. Trees of this size overhanging playgrounds are becoming a thing of the past as schools and townships are concerned over safety and liability. It is great to witness this healthy giant still providing a natural place for young minds to explore. You can be sure during the school days that many youth have been caught daydreaming during class while looking out the window at this tree, counting down the days until summer. The students at Williamsport Elementary School nominated and listed this tree as part of the Maryland Big Tree Program. It is symbol of youth, education, history, and beauty.

Williamsport Elementary School :Williamsport Maryland
White Oak: Quercus alba
Height: 87 feet
Circumference: 198 inches
Diameter: 63 inches
Branch spread: 93 feet

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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