Nominate Your Tree
If you have determined your tree is a candidate for champion status, nominate it!
Nominations open every year on March 1, with the application window closing on Arbor Day (last Friday of April) of each year.
Crowning a Champion
The tree with the most total points is crowned national champion. When multiple candidates exist, the new “3 x 3” rule is employed, meaning co-champions are crowned using the following criteria:
- If the trees are under 100 points and within 3 points.
- If the trees have more than 100 points and the differential is 3 percent of the total.
The final register is released each year in July.
Big Tree State Coordinators
While American Forests is available to help with any questions you may have during the nomination process, it may be best to first contact the big tree coordinators in your state. The state coordinators of the National Big Tree Program are a great resource for initial program information or measurement and nomination clarification.