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.

Largest Douglas fir in Mt. Tabor Park

This 300-350 year-old Douglas fir is 6.3 feet dbh (average diameter at breast height) and about 152 feet to its broken top.  It's one of the largest trees within the city limits of Portland, Oregon, and I'm lucky to live close to it in one of our fabulous city parks. 

Here's another image of my twin brother standing below the largest Douglas fir in our lovely Mt. Tabor Park, located in the center of the Portland, OR urban area. The tree is not the tallest (about 152 feet to its broken top), but it's certainly one of the largest Douglas firs in Portland. 

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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