Champions and Co-Champions
Trees are crowned Champions if they are the largest tree of their species nominated to the National Register of Champion Trees.
Trees are also crowned Co-Champions:
- If the largest trees of a species are under 100 total points, trees will be crowned Co-Champion Trees if they are within 3 total points of each other.
- If the largest trees of a species are over 100 points, they will be Co-Champions Trees if the differential between them is no more than 3% of the larger tree’s total points.
Trees that were nominated and trees that were crowned National Champions on American Forests’ National Register of Champion Trees must be re-verified by State Coordinators that they are still living every 10 years. In addition, new tree measurements and photographs of the tree must be submitted. Failure to re-verify trees and submit new measurements and photographs will render a tree ineligible for Champion consideration and/or will result in the dethroning of a current National Champion.
For example: Champions last measured in 2009 will be dethroned if they are not re-verified before the release of the 2019 National Register.
There are a number of species that are eligible for the National Register of Champion Trees that are documented to grow in the form of either a shrub or a tree. Nominations must be for species that are growing in the form of a tree. Species growing in shrub form are not eligible for the National Register of Champion Trees.
If a tree is found to have been misidentified and the tree is an ineligible species to the National Register of Champion Trees, the nomination will be considered disqualified.
If a tree is found to have been misidentified and the tree is an eligible species to the National Register, the nomination is still considered eligible.
If a Champion Tree is found to have been misidentified, but is still an eligible species it will remain a Champion if it is the largest tree nominated to the National Register of its correct species.
Trees that are standing dead are ineligible for the National Register of Champion Trees.