Heritage and Champion Trees
The Tennessee Champion Tree Program (www.tn.gov/agriculture/article/ag-forests-champion-trees ) was initiated in East Tennessee during the 1970s to identify the largest native trees that existed in the eastern part of the state. The program has been expanded statewide and over 260 species now appear on the state’s list (www.tn.gov/assets/entities/agriculture/attachments/champions.pdf ). Also, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council maintain a registry of landmark and historic trees of the state on its website at www.tufc.com/registry.html . The current list maintained by the state for Knox County can be found here (pdf file).
Trees Knoxville is working with the City of Knoxville Urban Forestry Division and the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum to develop a data base and mapping project to include existing historic and champion trees of Knox County. The TreeKeeper map can be found here. Approximately a dozen notable trees are mapped as "purple star" points and the attributes appear when clicked. If you know of a notable tree that is not mapped, you may complete and submit this form to be reviewed for potential inclusion in the future listing.
A PDF of the list of local heritage trees is located here.
As part of our efforts to recognize our local notable trees, Trees Knoxville has partnered with Dogwood Arts to highlight these champions during the annual Dogwood Arts Festival. Notable trees will be decorated with a pink bow so that they are easier to locate.