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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Great Smoky Mountains white oak

Those who pass by it frequently, or stop to take a photograph or two (or twenty) know it simply as “the tree”. This majestic White Oak stands alone in a field adjacent to the Dan Lawson cabin in the Cades Cove historic district of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At an estimated 40 inches in diameter and 70 feet in height, it isn’t the biggest or the tallest tree around, but it is likely the most photographed tree in America’s most visited national park. Against a backdrop of the surrounding mountains, a morning fog bank, or a tantalizing sunset, this tree has a certain intrinsic quality that makes people stop and take note of it. So while it might not win any size or longevity awards, it certainly is one of the most beautiful trees you may ever see.

-Nominated by Paul Ries

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  • What a lovely tree, Paul.  Thanks for nominating it.  My list of trees to visit keeps growing....

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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