Heritage and Champion Trees

Trees Knoxville has initiated a recognition program for trees in Knoxville and Knox County to demonstrate the great tree history that exists in our community. The history of our area is documented by the many historic and champion trees that are found here. 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 . Trees Knoxville hopes to keep these efforts going and to expand the statewide efforts with a focus on listing significant, historic, and champion trees in our community. We have posted the present list maintained by the state for Knox County here (pdf file).

As part of our efforts to recognize notable trees, Trees Knoxville has partnered with Dogwoods 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.  The list of heritage trees are located here (pdf file).