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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Joyner Post Oak

The featured tree, a Post Oak (Quercus stellata), grows beside the garden at the home of Mr. & Mrs. John Joyner of Williston, Tennessee.  For decades, it has been a tree loved and used by the couple's children and grand-children.  Mr. Joyner is quick to talk about his beloved shade tree.    

Sometimes called "Iron Oak," post oak is indigenous to dry sites from Oklahoma eastward, covering the southeast.  The wood is hard, stiff, and when dried, nearly indestructible in contact with the ground.  Thus settlers used it for fence posts, spawning its common name. "Post Oak."  The Joyners' tree has a trunk 10' in circumference, and stands 72' tall.  Perhaps it will shade and inspire summer visitors for generations to come.    

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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