Landmark & Historic Tree Register
The Georgia Landmark and Historic Tree Register was established by the Georgia Tree Council to raise public awareness of the importance of trees to Georgia’s rich history and heritage.
Our forefathers enjoyed the benefits of the virgin forest. Over time, pioneers and settlers arrived and created cities and towns. The land was cleared as fields and communities grew. Some trees were allowed to remain and over the years, others were planted on Georgia’s farms, settlements, cities and towns. Many such trees are now associated with individuals, places and events. These trees are special because of the things they represent, a living legacy to the history and people of Georgia.
Guidelines for Landmark & Historic Trees
Landmark and Historic Trees are those individual trees and groups of trees that have been designated as significant based on their importance to national, state, or community history. They are frequently recognized for their contribution to the development of landscape architecture, forestry, city planning, and culture. The following qualities are considerations for Landmark & Historic Tree distinction:
- Integrity of location
- Other key attributes for consideration are event association, aesthetic value, historical significance, and cultural contribution.
Trees recognized in this register are divided into two categories:
- Landmark - Those trees that are an integral part of an individual community & its heritage.
- Historic - Those trees in Georgia that are important to the culture and history of the state or nation.
Landmark Trees must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The tree or group of trees is commonly recognized as an established and familiar feature of the community or a significant part of the community’s heritage,
- The tree(s) were planted and maintained for educational purposes for more than 75 years.
- The tree(s) was planted as a memorial to an individual, group, event or cause and is more than 75 years old.
- The tree(s) symbolizes a historically significant individual, place, event or contribution.
Historic Trees must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- The tree is identified with a historically significant individual or group.
- The tree is located at the site of a historic event and significantly impacts individual’s perception of the event.
- The tree dates to the time of a historic event at the location of the tree.
- The tree is confirmed as the progeny of a tree that meets any of the above criteria.
- The primary purpose of the register is to locate, document and compile a record of all of the significant trees across Georgia. The register will also enhance our ability to educate and encourage the public and decision-makers about the importance of trees and the need to care for and protect them.
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Landmark and Historic Tree list
- Athens Moon Tree, 2023
- Colquitt County Magnolia on the square in Moultrie, 2021
- Southern Red Oak on West Broad Street, Sugar Hill, 2019
- The Trees at Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Rome, 2018
- The Big Oak, Thomasville, 2017
- Seven Mile Bend Oak, Richmond Hill, 2017
- Bryan County Elementary Oak, Pembroke, 2016
- William J. Strickland Live Oaks, Pembroke, 2016
- Downtown Pembroke Live Oak, Pembroke, 2016
- Pembroke Methodist Church Live Oak
- J.E. Warren Live Oak, Pembroke, 2016
- Pembroke Christian Church Live Oak, Pembroke, 2016
- Heritage Park Willow Oak, McDonough, 2016
- Village Sentinel Live Oak, Baptist Village, Waycross, 2015
- Grandfather Tree, Brookhaven, 2015
- Chatham County Live Oaks, Georgetown, 2013
- Woodbine Live Oak Tree, 2012, Woodbine (Private)
- Decatur Post Office Tree, 2010, Decatur
- The Florida Torreya, 2010, Columbus
- Southern Red Oak, Historic, Marietta, 2009 (Private)
- Tulip Poplar, Historic Marietta, 2009 (Private)
- Sand Post Oak, Augusta, 2008
- Eastern White Pine Tree, Decatur, 2008
- Dalton Liberty Tree, City of Dalton, 2008
- White Chapel Memorial Gardens Red Oak, White Chapel Memorial Gardens, Duluth, 2008
- The Athens Flowering Dogwood Tree, Athens Regional Medical Center, 2008
- The IRS Water Oak, IRS Building, Chamblee, 2008
- The Floyd Medical Arts Center Community Oak, Floyd Medical Center, Rome, 2008
- Chinese Chestnuts of Glenridge Hall, 2004, Sandy Springs
- Live Oak Trees of Bonaventure Cemetery, 2004, Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah
- Mitchell County Courthouse Grove, 2004, Camilla
- The Trees of Stonewall Confederate Cemetery, 2003, Griffin
- Spring Bank Oak, 2002, Cartersville
- The Candler Oak, 2001, Savannah
- Triangle Holly, 2001, Gainesville
- Brown Park Scarlett Oak, 2001, Canton
- Five Hemlock Trees, 2001, Clayton
- Yarbrough Oak, 2001, Oxford
- Lanier’s Oak, 2001 Brunswick
- Dubber’s Oak, 2001, Marine Corps Logistics Base, Albany
- Trees on Historic Square, 1996, Covington
- Female College Trees, 1996, Covington
- The Mystery Incense Cedar, 1996, Agnes Scott College, Decatur
- “Professor Dieckmann’s” Magnolias, 1996, Agnes Scott College, Decatur
- The “Battle of Decatur” White Ash, 1996, Agnes Scott College, Decatur
- The Friendship Oak, 1995, Albany
- Tifton Magnolia, 1995, Tifton
- Twin Magnolia, 1995, Macon
- Oak Trees of Big Spring Park, 1995, Big Spring Park, Cedartown
- The Tree That Owns Itself, 1995, Athens
- The Carriage Trail Oaks, 1995, Albany
- The Trees of the Sunset Historical Cemetery, 1995, Camilla
- The Trees of Bulloch Hall, 1994, Roswell