Athens, Ga. – Seventeen trees growing in the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (2450 South Milledge Avenue) have been named Clarke County Champion Trees by the Athens-Clarke County Community Tree Council.
A Champion Tree is the largest tree of its species recorded within the county. One of these trees, the Carolina Buckthorn, is recognized as the Georgia State Champion Tree for its species.
To view information on Champion Trees, see a map and photo of each Champion Tree, or nominate a tree for recognition, see http://www.athenstrees.com/championtrees.php or call 706/613-3565.
Clarke County Champion Trees at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia include:
Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum)
Red Hickory (Carya ovalis)
Pignut Hickory (Carya ovata)
Mockernut Hickory (Carya tomentosa)
American Hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana)
Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
Ogeechee Tupelo (Nyssa ogeche)
Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Royal Paulownia (Paulownia tomintosa)
Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis)
Winged Pistache (Pistacia spp.)
Nuttall Oak (Quercus nutallii)
Shumard Oak (Quercus shumardii)
Carolina Buckthorn (Rhamnus caroliniana)
Baldcypress (Taxodium distichum)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia is a public educational facility operated under the auspices of the University of Georgia. It is a “living laboratory” for university students and faculty who utilize the collections and natural plant communities for studies in a variety of disciplines. The garden also is a public garden for enjoyment by the general public.