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.

American sycamore of Lexington

Sycamores have fallen out of favor as a street tree in Lexington, MA.  While old maps from the 1830s show quite a few "Buttonwoods" along the road used by both Paul Revere and the British regulars on April 19th, 1775, there are now few left.  This magnificent, healthy  American sycamore  (Platanus occidentalis) stands in front of the historic Dana-Morell House at #627 Massachusetts Avenue, and at 59.9 inches DBH, is one of the biggest trees in the town.   

Nominated by: Karen Longeteig

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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