Great American Tree

Each year on July 4, American Grove recognizes the Great American Tree, a beloved tree that is selected through member votes. Take a look at these outstanding trees that each uniquely represent our nation’s beautiful and diverse canopy— and have a special place in the hearts of American communities.  When the competition is announced in April, nominate your own!

The Great American Tree Competition

Trees work hard for us every day. They give us clean air, cooler temperatures, nourishment and they even mitigate floods. In celebration of trees’ innumerable accomplishments and the benefits they provide, the American Grove promotes the Great American Tree Competition (GATC) every year to commemorate the country’s most remarkable trees.

Contest Rules

The contest is open to everyone, and the 6th annual competition starts in April – watch for the announcement!  To enter, participants are asked to submit a photograph of the tree and a brief description of why it is special, along with its location, species and size, including its estimated height and/or diameter. Multiple photos and multiple submissions per person are encouraged. Nominations will be shared via social media, including Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy;#greatamericantree #GATC19), and Instagram (@plantyourlegacy). Nominations may also be submitted as an email attachment to morgan@americangrove.org.

After the submission period has ended, American Grove members will have 10 business days, until June 14, to cast one vote for their favorite entry. The top five vote winning trees will move on to the next round of the competition. An “all-star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the 2020 Great American Tree, which will be announced on July 4. The first-place tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage, along with a lasting legacy under the Great American Tree to accompany the winners from previous years.

See past photo submissions and winners by visiting our Great American Tree album page.

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