Atlanta’s Champion Trees

Seeking out Atlanta’s Champion Trees


Trees Atlanta maintains the list of Champion Trees in metro Atlanta. The compilation of the list is a labor of love lead by an amazing volunteer team. The list includes specimens located mainly inside I-285; all trees are nominated and identified by community members then reviewed by trained Champion Trees volunteers. 

These trees represent some of the oldest, tallest, broadest, and most beautiful trees our city has to offer. These grand friends have witnessed the ever changing landscape of Atlanta and are part of our city’s iconic urban tree canopy. Each year, the list is updated and published on Georgia Arbor Day, the third Friday of February. Think you might know where a new Champion Tree might be found? Nominate a tree to be reviewed for next year’s list!

Interactive Map of Atlanta’s Champion Trees

  • Click and drag to explore within the map.
  • Large-sized stars indicate new Champion Trees added this year.
  • Select a tree location to view information on each Champion Tree.
  • To open the interactive map in a new tab, click here.

Nominate A Tree

Do you have a tree that is a Champion? Nominate your tree today by filling out the form below!

Archive of past Atlanta’s Champion Tree lists

Trees Atlanta publishes a new list of the Champion Trees in metro Atlanta each year. The annual list is updated with new champions that are discovered and verified in the past year and as old champions disappear from the landscape. If you have a potential Champion Tree to nominate for review, please submit your nomination on the form on this page.

We offer a special thanks to expert volunteer Eli Dickerson for his leadership on the Atlanta Champion Trees project. He stands tall like a tulip poplar in our book!

Trees Atlanta’s Champion Tree program is a wholly volunteer run project. If you are interested in learning more about how to volunteer on this project, please contact


State and National Registers of Champion Trees

Georgia’s Champion Tree Program is maintained by the Georgia Forestry Commission.
The National Register of Champion Trees is maintained by American Forests.
Champion Tree designation is based on guidelines set by American Forests national champion trees criteria, including measurements of its trunk circumference, its height, and the average spread of the crown. Since 1940, the national database has maintained records for over 750 Champion Trees across the country. The objective is to locate, document, and then protect the finest specimens so they can be appreciated and enjoyed, and also serve as reminders about the importance of such trees for a healthy environment.