Our 5th annual Great American Tree compeition received 25 nominations! We have tallied over 6,000 votes on outstanding trees that each uniquely represent our nation's beautiful and diverse canopy. Our top 3 trees with the most member votes are (in no particular order): Quamal the douglas fir, Rosa the ponderosa pine, and the cottonwood trees.

The 2019 Great American Tree is... Rosa the Ponderosa Pine of the Black Hills of South Dakota! This tree embodies the American spirit with her resilience and stature. She is a testament to the ever-lasting legacy trees can leave on their community. Rosa has overcome many environmental changes and challenges throughout her 738 years. This tree has stood tall after a lightning strike, bug infestations and the consequences of climate change. Her adaptations and resilience have taught scientists many things about landscape changes in her community. "We have a lot to learn from this great American tree that has been there through all of our histories as a Nation and for so much of history of the Black Hills." Nominated by Rachel Ormseth and Frank Carroll. More here.

We are also happy to announce the cottonwood trees planted by "Pa" Ingalls as our first runner up! These five trees have rich historic roots in South Dakota. More here.

Quamal, one of the world's largest known Douglas firs in the Olympic National Forest in Washington state, is our second runner up. More here

Thanks for your participation in the Great American Tree Competition!

Tonkin Tulip

One of two large tulip trees in Tonkin Park in Renton, Washington, this 67" DBH  Liriodendron tulipifera is the largest diameter tree in the City tree inventory. It may not be the biggest tulip tree in the area but it is a fine specimen in the old downtown of the city. The park is on the site formerly occupied by the general store established by the park's namesake James Tonkin, who settled in Renton in 1884. I have the daily pleasure of walking past the tree on my way to work at City Hall and have been awaiting the blossoms with anticipation as the South side of the tree is about to burst out. I marvel at the 80 foot height and 60 foot spread  and the fact that such a large tree is so happy in such an urban environment. It isn't a native tree but apparently it likes the moisture and soil here just fine!

submitted by, Ian Gray - Urban Forerstry & Natural Resources Manager, Renton WA


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2019's Great American Tree is.. Rosa the ponderosa pine! Read more about her here.

Winner announced on July 4th!