The goal of this project is to document the historical and horticulturally significant trees of Georgia. Trees in public and private landscapes will be documented - not trees found in woods such as Champion Trees. Champion Trees, those determined to be the tallest or largest in an area, have already been documented. A horticulturally significant tree would be a unique species or an outstanding specimen for the locale. A historically significant tree would be associated with a historical site or would have “witnessed” a historical event.

A Trimble, hand-held global positioning system unit (GPS) will be used to document the geographic location of the trees, as well as to record data regarding the size and condition of the tree. This location and health information, as well as the horticultural and historical significance will be documented in a book and on this website. Examples of well known significant trees of Georgia are the Lanier Oak in Brunswick, the Tree That Owns Itself in Athens, the Florida torreya in Columbus, and the largest redwood in Atlanta. This compilation of information on this website will be a valuable reference for horticultural enthusiasts, professionals, tree preservationists, community foresters, historians, garden club members, town planners and tourists.

How can you help?

Bartlett Tree Experts has provided financial support for Dr. Tim Smalley of the University of Georgia Horticulture Department to collect this information. We need your help to nominate potential significant trees. We are cooperating with the Georgia Urban Forestry Council, garden club members, extension agents, community foresters, and concerned citizens throughout Georgia to identify significant trees in neighborhoods and communities. Please use the form in this website to provide information so that Dr. Smalley will be able to visit the tree (and potentially the person that nominated the tree) to collect the physical data and important historical information about the tree. Thank you.

If a local newspaper article has prompted a visit to this site, please send a copy of the article to:

Attn: Dr. Tim Smalley
Horticulture Department
The University of Georgia
1111 Plant Sciences Building
Athens, GA 30602