May 6, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Forestry Commission, Alabama

Alabama has 12 National Champion Trees

The “National Register of Big Trees” for 2008-  2009 has recently been released, and includes  12 trees located in Alabama that are the  largest of their species recorded in the  entire United States! The register is published by American Forests which is the nation’s oldest non-profit citizens’ conservation organization, and is responsible for the Champion Tree program. 

To receive national recognition, a tree must first be certified as a state champion. To be eligible for Alabama’s Champion Tree program, a tree must be of a species that is recognized as native or naturalized in Alabama. A “naturalized” tree is an introduced species that has established itself in the wild, reproducing naturally and spreading.

Once a tree is declared a state champion, it is submitted to American Forests for consideration at the national level. Below is a list of the 12 Alabama champion trees that are currently recognized as national champion trees, and the county in which each is located.

  • Florida Anise – Perry County
  • Odorless (Scentless) Bayberry – Baldwin County
  • Swamp Dogwood – Dallas County (co-national champion)
  • Georgia Hackberry – Perry County (co-national champion)
  • Southern Magnolia – Calhoun County (co-national champion)
  • Blackjack Oak – Barbour County
  • Durand Oak – Wilcox County
  • Myrtle Oak – Baldwin County (co-national champion)
  • Two-winged Silverbell – Wilcox County
  • Sparkleberry – Choctaw County (co-national champion)
  • Sugarberry – Barbour County
  • Staghorn Sumac – Tallapoosa County

 To learn more about the Champion Tree program contact Brian Hendricks at 240-9370, or visit the “Champion Trees of Alabama.”  There you will find useful information about the program, and a current listing of all Alabama champion trees. Anyone can nominate a tree for Champion Tree consideration by filling out the on-line nomination form, or by contacting the AFC’s Champion Tree Program Coordinator.

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