A National Champion tree is defined as the largest tree of a particular species which must be recognized as either native, non-native, naturalized or a recognized naturally occurring variety in the United States. Some famous examples nation-wide include the “General Sherman” Giant Sequoia (California), “The Senator” Bald Cypress (Florida) and the “Angel Oak” (South Carolina).
Florida also has its own Champion Tree program for trees that may not be large enough for consideration as National Champions, but are still the largest species examples within the state. The City of Fort Lauderdale has one State Champion tree.
To learn how to identify and/or nominate a tree as a National or State Champion, visit the Florida Champion Trees program.
National Champion, Mahogany Tree
National Champion, Pitch Apple Tree
Florida Champion, Canary Island Date Palm