Alabama Home to 12 Champion Trees

Published: May. 6, 2008 at 8:06 PM CDT|Updated: May. 6, 2008 at 8:25 PM CDT
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Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- Alabama has millions of trees, as does every other state, but twelve of them are making news.

The 2008-2009 "National Register of Big Trees" includes a dozen trees that have 'roots' in Alabama.

Ok, yes that was a pun, but in all seriousness the trees are being called the largest of their species recorded in the entire United States.

The tree register is published by American Forests, the oldest non-profit citizen's conservation group in the U.S.

It's not easy becoming a trees of such high caliber. To make the national list, it must first become 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. None of those hand-planted varities need apply.

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.

Eight of the trees are located inside the WSFA 12 News viewing area.

  • 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

Want to learn more about Alabama's Champion Tree Program or how to nominate a tree? Click Here