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.

Tennessee white oak

White oak in Waynesboro County, Tennessee. This tree is now surrounded by a pasture but you can see the old homestead chimney still standing under the tree. Standing in this field you can feel the history and imagine what the world would have looked like when this beautiful tree was a sapling.

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  • Looking at this photo makes one feel very calm and peaceful.  I would love to visit this tree!  I agree with Patti - I would love to know what this tree has seen.

  • That is a beautiful tree! It would be so interesting to know about the history of the tree and family that lived there.
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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