Champion Trees 

Arkansas's Champion Tree program recognizes those trees, planted by nature or individuals, that are the largest of each species. Trees are compared using the American Forests "Bigness Index" (BI) . The Arkansas State Champion Tree list is updated every five years with the most recent revision underway, now.

AFC accepts new nominations and keep them on file for consideration when the list is reviewed and revised. If you have a tree you believe is the largest of its species, contact the AFC using the contact form, or call your local AFC office. You may also send a nomination form directly to Adriane Barnes at 3821 West Roosevelt Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204. Send questions to Adriane.barnes@arkansas.gov.

 

Common
Name
Scientific
Name
Circum-
ference (inches)
Crown Spread (feet) Height (feet) Bigness Index Location Lat Long County Date Owner Name

American Basswood

Tilia Americana

108

51

86

207

101 Reserve Street,
Hot Springs

34.51647

-93.06434

Garland

12/27/13

Hot Springs National Park

American Holly

Ilex opaca

165
75
63
247

204 Valley View Road,
3 miles south of Rosebud

35.30645

-92.09044

White

12/1/14

Kim Floyd

American Hornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana

43
37
55
107

1439 Coal Chute, Bald Knob

35.19101

-91.49722

White

10/25/10

US Fish & Wildlife Service

American Smoketree

Cotinus obovatus

26
10
20
49

SW 1/4, SW 1/4, S7, T16N, R21W

 

 

Newton

7/21/94

National Park Service

Amur Corktree*

Phellodendron amurense

29
25
46
81

817 Tabor Ave., Sherwood

34.83493

-92.24031

Pulaski

11/20/14

Jerry Sanders

Arborvitae*

Thuja occidentalis

98
43
41
150

Shady Grove Cemetery, to the left of the entrance

 

 

Monroe

4/4/01

Shady Grove Cemetery

Ash, Blue

Fraxinus quadrangulata

87
39
80
177

 

35.75438

-94.48152

Crawford

11/21/14

William and Beverly Pyle

Ash, Green  

Fraxinum pennsylvanica    

13    

74

78

110

Huntsville 

36.05138

-93.67051

Madison    

10/4/11

Gordon McNulty

Ash, White

Fraxinus americana

209
22
80
311

Hazen

34.78665

-91.58113

Prairie

7/15/13

Mirranda Munnerlyn

Ash, White

Fraxinus americana

206
96
78
308

5373 W. Wedington
Rd., Fayetteville

36.07858

-94.23785

Washington

9/15/10

Troy Henderson

Ashe's Juniper

Juniperus ashei 6 28 35.5 114.5 36.08661 92.99374 Newton 5/6/10 Gary McGuire

Baldcypress

Taxodium distichum

516
93
120
638

 

34.2712

-91.1108

Arkansas

10/29/14

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Beech, Carolina

Fagus grandifolia var. caroliniana

157
73
81
256

 

33.43092

-91.99652

Drew

9/16/10

Heartwood Forestland Fund V

Black Cherry

Prunus serotina

185
82
65
271

1102 Stratten, Rogers

 

 

Benton

2/12/01

Burley Gayer

Blackgum

Nyssa sylvatica

122
80
98
240

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

36.38011

 

Benton

5/13/11

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Boxelder

Acer negundo

110
69
100
227

 

35.75804

92.36040

Stone

10/20/14

Dennis Sutterfield

Carolina Cherrylaurel*

Prunus caroliniana

74
8
43
125

On the grounds of St.Luke MB Church, 5 miles SE of Clarendon
on Hwy 86

34.62088

-91.25098

Monroe

1/14/14

St. Luke MB Church

Catalpa, Northern

Catalpa speciosa

256
14
82
352

209 Union Street, Dardanelle

 

 

Yell

8/2/13

Dardanelle Church of Christ

Catalpa, Southern

Catalpa bignonioides

188
76
55
262

Historic Washington
State Park

33.77617

-93.6815

Hempstead

10/20/14

Arkansas State Parks

Chestnut, American Hybrid

Castanea dentata x mollissima

54
34
75
138

312 N. Main, Bentonville

36.37662

-94.20861

Benton

9/15/10

Compton Gardens, Peelhouse Foundation

Chestnut, Horse*

Aesculus hippocastanum

74
41
67
151

824 Park Ave., Hot Springs; across
driveway from SW
corner of Stitt Mansion

34.5287

93.04993

Garland

12/27/13

Stitt House Bed & Breakfast

China-fir

Cunninghamia lanceolata

98.4
49
75
185

Dinning-Hutchens
House at 1019 Miller Street, Helena

34.53128

-090.59534

Phillips

9/30/14

Carl Hutchens and Shane Williams

Cottonwood, Eastern

Populus deltoides

258
125
144
433

1110 N. Front Street on
river bank, Dardanelle

 

 

Yell

9/2/09

Mitchell Williams

Cottonwood, Eastern

Populus deltoides

324
104
87
437

818 S. 3rd, Van Buren

35.42836

-94.35059

Crawford

11/21/14

Lynn Merechka

Cottonwood, Swamp

Populus heterophylla

103
39
99
212

 

35.19869

-91.51469

White

10/25/10

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Crapemyrtle

Lagerstroemia indica

93
56
55
162

 

43 Hwy 70, North Little Rock

34.76512

-92.09496

Pulaski

11/20/14

Wes Harper

Cucumbertree

Magnolia acuminata

163
75
78
260

Oddfell Cemetery,
2 miles S. of McCrory

 

 

Woodruff

12/1/14

McCrory Cemetery Association

Deodar Cedar

Cedrus deodara

127
69
68
212

SW corner of
White County
Courthouse, Searcy

35.25024

-91.7384

White

12/1/14

White County

Devil's Walkingstick

Aralia spinosa

24
13
32
59

 

34.45596

-93.92483

Montgomery

9/17/10

Ouachita National Forest, Caddo Ranger District

Downy Serviceberry

Amelanchier arborea

28
32
43
79

Crystal Bridges Museum
of American Art

 

 

Benton

5/13/11

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Downy Serviceberry

Amelanchier arborea

27
17
41
72

Approx. 200 yards west
of Cave Mt. Road on
County Road 406

35.89969

93.45398

Newton

9/7/10

Ruth Kaundart

Eastern Hemlock

Tsuga canadensis

119
43.5
70
200

NE 1/4, NW 1/4,S10, T14N,R24W

35.89176

93.57575

Madison

4/12/11

Ozark-St. Francis National Forest

Eastern Hophornbeam

Carpinus caroliniana

40
28
38
85

 

34.38929

-92.36583

Grant

12/4/04

Carroll and Jody Guffey, Sheridan

Eastern Redbud

Cercis canadensis

118
35
33
155

609 N. Main, Clarendon;
20 feet off street
in the yard

34.70053

-91.31422

Monroe

12/12/13

Carlton Self

Eastern Redcedar

Juniperus virginiana

114
9
47
170

Shady Grove Cemetery
at SW corner of
Pine Tree Rd and
Hwy 86.

34.71478

-91.2885

Monroe

1/24/14

Shady Grove Cemetery

Elm, American

Ulmus americana

219
107
86
332

On the east side of
Hwy 77, 2 miles north
of Hwy 140 and 77.

 

 

Mississippi

8/17/01

Gary W. Johnson, Sr.

Elm, Cedar

Ulmus crassifolia

192
106
140
359

SW SE S12,
T16S, R9W

 

 

Bradley

10/22/86

Rex Timber Co.

Elm, Siberian

Ulmus pumila

143
47
75
230

500 N. Dixieland,
Rogers

 

 

Benton

11/15/04

Dan Judd

Elm, Slippery

Ulmus rubra

169
79
75
264

9820 Scoggins 
Rd. Bentonville

36.30733

94.24611

Benton

7/1/12

Julius Russell

Elm, Winged

Ulmus alata

85
18
70
173

El Dorado

33.26731

-92.79176

Union

12/16/13

Robert Kelley

English Walnut*

Juglans regia

139
17
61
217

121 NE 2nd St. England;
in side yard between
houses.

34.54584

-91.96909

Lonoke

1/17/14

Evelyn Adams

Fig*

Ficus carica

44
7
18
69

400 S. Grand Ave.,
Brinkley

 

 

Monroe

1/27/14

Riviana Foods

Flowering Dogwood

Cornus florida

74
44
35
120

1020 Holden Ave.,
in front of house

 

 

Jackson

12/17/03

Gene & Peggy West

Ginkgo (Maidenhair)*

Ginkgo biloba

164
74
67
250

6th & Utah    Street

34.22405

-91.98648

Jefferson

6/7/83

A.L. Mann

Ginkgo (Maidenhair)*

Ginkgo biloba

182
60
59
256

Close to entrance of
Maple Hill Cemetery
on N. Holly St.

 

 

Phillips

5/30/03

Maple Hill Cemetery

Ginkgo (Maidenhair)*

Ginkgo biloba

164
64
69
249

North of Goshen on
Blue Springs Road

36.11288

-94.01103

Washington

4/21/11

Jack Pardue

Goldenraintree*

Koelreuteria paniculata

65
33
30
99

94 Oak St. Clarendon,
in front yard

34.702287

-91.313873

Monroe

12/12/13

Dorolis Betts

Gum Bumelia

Bumelia lanuginosa

72
51
65
150

Poison Springs Tower

33.650262

-93.02546

Ouachita

9/14/10

Arkansas Forestry Commission

Hackberry

Celtis occidentalis

205
68
96
318

921 W. Semmes St.
Osceola front yard

N35.70493

W89.98429

Mississippi

2/15/12

Rodney Stout

Hawthorn

Crataegus

31
8
25
64

1419 Forest Road, Warren

33.59145

-92.07865

Bradley

7/15/13

Mike Weatherford

Hercules Club

Zanthoxylum clava-herculis

50
38
62
122

About 300 feet , NW from SE corner SE 1/4,
NW 1/4, S34, T11S, R19W, 3 miles NW of Chidester

 

 

Ouachita

3/24/83

Poisons Springs State Forest

Hickory, Bitternut

Carya cordiformis

140
88
92
254

SE NE S30, T11S, R17W, on the bank of a slough.

 

 

Ouachita

1/6/94

International Paper Co.

Hickory, Black

Carya texana

117
64
90
223

102 Poplar Street,
Dardanelle; in side yard facing front street

 

 

Yell

3/17/09

Roy Scott

Hickory, Mockernut

Carya tomentosa

136
87
137
295

SW 1/4, S2, T18S, R16W

 

 

Union

11/25/85

Charles Johnson

Hickory, Nutmeg

Carya myristicaeformis

79
39
88
177

Burns Park, North Little Rock; 200 feet sough  of the east end of bridge
 over waterfall, just downstream from red covered bridge near
intersection of Arlene Laman Dr. and Joe K. Poch Dr.

34.80349

-92.3265

Pulaski

11/21/14

North Little Rock Parks and Recreation

Hickory, Pignut

Carya glabra

123
64
139
278

 

33.5095

-91.8507

Drew

9/16/10

The Forestland Group

Hickory, Red

Carya ovalis

99
47
116
227

S22, T14N, R22W;
west of fork in the road.

 

 

Newton

8/24/93

Ozark National Forest, Buffalo Ranger District

Hickory, Shagbark

Carya ovata

122
64
101
239

Section 1, T15N, R19W;
about 1/2 mile east of
the mouth of Cave Creek.

 

 

Newton

12/15/14

National Park Service

Hickory, Water

Carya aquatica

134
19
118
257

UTM Coordinates
15S 0672266,
3812437 NAD 83;
just south of section corner common to 8,
9, 16 & 17, T3S, R1W

 

 

Arkansas

4/6/10

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Incense-cedar*

Calocedrus decurrens

108
36
87
204

146 Central Ave.,
Holly Grove;
in the backyard

 

 

Monroe

1/14/14

Raymond and Mary Abramson

Kentucky Coffeetree

Gymnocladus dioicus

92
44
72
175

NE SW Section 12, T21N, R1W;
Warm Springs,
located in the yard
of an old house place.

 

 

Randolph

9/16/10

Tim Jones

Locust, Black

Robinia pseudoacacia

142
53
61
216.25

West 113 Mountain Street, Fayetteville

36.06286

4.15277

Washington

12/1/14

City of Fayetteville

Locust, Honey

Gleditsia triacanthos

158
64
97
271

Near King Place
Cemetery on Hwy 11.

 

 

Prairie

 

Jane Stewart

Magnolia, Bigleaf

Magnolia macrophylla

24
6
50
80

Calion

33 31330

-92.55637

Union

12/16/13

Mike Amason

Magnolia, Southern

Magnolia grandiflora

219
82
70
310

46th St. and County
Ave., Texarkana

33.46841

-94.0375

Miller

6/6/11

ERC Development Group, LLC.

Magnolia, Sweetbay

Magnolia virginiana

100
14
72
176

 

33.56919

-92.511544

Calhoun

8/3/10

Floyd Hearnsberger

Magnolia, Umbrella

Magnolia tripetala

28
20
48
81

101 Reserve Street,
Hot Springs

34.52516

-93.03737

Garland

12/27/13

Hot Springs National Park

Maple, Red

Acer rubrum

186
45
86
28

SW SW S33, T3N, R3W; 7 1/2 miles E of
DeValls Bluff, 1/2 miles S of Hwy 70.

 

 

Prairie

4/30/01

Willow Bar Club, Henry Browne, Owner

Maple, Red

Acer rubrum

174
85
87
282

4 miles E of Biscoe,
 S of Hwy 70

 

 

Prairie

7/15/90

Hanke Browne & A.C. Freeman

Maple, Silver

Acer saccharinum

211
43
74
296

 

35.20716

-91.55403

White

9/13/10

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Maple, Sugar

Acer saccharum

97
55
107
218

Confederate Cemetery
in Fayetteville

36.06143

-94.15243

Washington

9/10/04

Southern Memorial Association

Mulberry, Red

Morus rubra

294
78
70
383

535 East Ashley 81, Hamburg
(the tree is located
behind this residence)

33.3373

-91.80194

Ashley

10/3/14

Mike Harville

Norway Spruce   

Picea abies 

82

36

75

166

847 N. Park Avenue,
Fayetteville

36.07550

94.16100

Washington

10/3/14

Tammy Smith   

Oak, Black

Quercus velutina

190
105
100
316

Along the rear fence line
of the property at
806 NW 7th Street,
Bentonville

36 22' 40.55"        

94 13' 9.59"

Benton

4/16/11

Jim Reynolds

Oak, Blackjack

Quercus marilandica

130
20
59
194

3203 Calhoun 54

33.95867

-92.51572

Calhoun

8/3/10

Doug and Leah Gorman

Oak, Bottomland Post

Quercus similis

175
19
130
310

 

N34 12' 38"

W91 9' 46"

Desha

11/12/02

White River National Wildlife Refuge

Oak, Bur

Quercus macrocarpa

208
21.5
98
327.5

354 W Main Street,
Farmington

36.04540

-94.23649

Washington

7/15/12

City of Farmington

Oak, Cherrybark

Quercus pagoda

301
118
125
456

Lexa

34.56250

-90.73228

Phillips

8/1/11

Carol and Fred Dortman

Oak, Chinkapin

Quercus muehlenbergii

212
117
102
343

Riverside Park,
Batesville

 

 

Independence

10/21/03

City of Batesville

Oak, Durand

Quercus durandi

133
60
56
204

near NW corner at
the edge of an old field

33.65654

-93.84207

Hempstead

10/20/14

Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission

Oak, Live

Quercus

193
79
56
269

NE 1/4, S23, T16S, R1W, at base of spur
dike of MS river levee; aprox. 500 feet riverside
of levee and approx. 1/2 mile upstream from
MS River bridge.

 

 

Chicot

10/27/81

James Moheao

Oak, Northern Red  Quercus rubra 161.5 76 109 289.5 35.96111 93.39043 Newton 5/1/2014 National Park Service

Oak, Nuttall

Quercus texana

252
105
105
383

Inside White River levee,east of White River
along Scrubgrass Bayou

34.1064

-91.10051

Desha

9/16/10

White River National Wildlife Refuge

Oak, Overcup

Quercus lyrata

219
112
111
358

Big Lake National
Wildlife Refuge

35.57273

-90.833

Mississippi

10/5/04

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Oak, Post

Quercus stellata

185.4
98
102
311

Boswell deer camp, about 1 mile N of Waldo

33.36191

-93.29959

Columbia

11/20/14

Tom Boswell

Oak, Sand Post            

Quercus Stellata Var. Margaretta

125

88

70

220

4019 Copeland Ridge, Arkadelphia

33.96125

-93.02454

Clark    

12/23/13

Ronnie Strickland

Oak, Shumard

Quercus shumardii

169
96
144
337

NWSW S29, T15, R7; west of Hwy 81, 1/2 mile
N of Fountain Hill

34.01624

-93.49041

Pike

1/6/12

Charles May

Oak, Southern Red

Quercus falcate

243
105
88
357

Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, Birdeye

35.38868

-90.68156

Cross

12/1/14

Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Oak, Southern Red

Quercus falcate

229

95

100

35

350 feet west of
intersection Hwy 28 and 307 in Bluffton. On the south side of the
road in the front yard of large white house.

34.9041

-93.60111

Yell

7/12/11

Bob and Jill Berney

Oak, Swamp Chestnut

Quercus michauxii

220
106
113
360

15952 Sandhill Rd., Des Arc

 

 

Lonoke

7/14/07

Jane Stewart

Oak, Water

Quercus nigra

259
88
92
373

181 Penny Lane, Mena

 

 

Polk

11/21/14

Robert J. Manis

Oak, Water

Quercus nigra

242
93
81
346

Along east edge of cotton field within 50 feet of farm road.

N33 30' 52.8"

W91 27' 11.9"

Chicot

4/6/10

 

Oak, White

Quercus alba

255
85
91
367

Council Oaks Park on N. Front St.

 

 

Yell

12/15/14

City of Dardanelle

Oak, Willow

Quercus phellos

276
112
110
414

1299 S. Division St., Blytheville

 

 

Mississippi

8/10/10

Barrett Harrison

Osage-Orange

Maclura pomifera

208
19
54
281

In the yard north of the Visitor Center at Arkansas
Post National Memorial

 

 

Arkansas

8/21/13

National Park Service

Ozark Chinkapin

Castanea ozarkensis

94
55
38
146

 

35.06821

-92.47481

Conway

2/9/05

Tyler Rentals, Inc.

Pecan, Sweet

Carya illinoensis

230
112
110
368

691 Anderson Lane, Cotton Plant

34.95512

-91.27523

Woodruff

12/1/14

Joe A. Anderson

Pecan, Sweet

Carya illinoensis

204
126
130
366

At the intersection of Conway and Jay Streets,
Old Historic Washington
State Park

33' 46.648"

93' 40.847"

Hempstead

10/2/14

Arkansas State Parks

Persian Ironwood*

Parrotia persica

23
18
27
55

817 Tabor Ave.,
Sherwood

34.83548

-92.24041

Pulaski

11/20/14

Jerry Sanders

Persimmon

Diospyros virginiana

151
73
96
265

1407 N. Front St.,
Dardanelle

 

 

Yell

12/4/14

Sandra Warren

Persimmon, Oriental*

Diospyros kaki

21
26
18
46

3307 Breckenridge Dr.,
Little Rock

34.78094

-92.38814

Pulaski

11/20/14

Terry Hildegarde

Pine, Eastern White*

Pinus strobus    

91

40

109

210

Next to entrance gate at Crystal Recreation Area,
3 miles NE of Norman,
on Forest Service Rd #177. SW 1/4, S12, T35, R25W

 

 

Montgomery

9/14/10

Ouachita National Forester, Caddo Ranger District

Pine, Loblolly

Pinus taeda

178
72
143
339

 

33 53' 8.6"

94 1' 20.0"

Howard

7/2/03

Paul Jones

Pine, Longleaf

Pinus palustris

256
37
16
281

183 Cove Circle, Malvern

 34.45070    

 92.84238

Hot Spring

11/20/14

Elaine Watson

Pine, Shortleaf

Pinus echinata

101.6  
36.5
94
210

On Forest Service Road 177E (Crystal Park Road),
find the easterly drain crossing around 650 feet
past the entrance. Follow the overgrown woods road for approximately 2,300  feet. The tree is located  66 feet below the woods
road, watch for blue
flagging.

N 34 degrees, 28' 51.30"

W93 degrees, 37' 42.61"

Montgomery

10/3/14

U.S. Forest Service

Pine Sonderegger

Pinus sondereggeri

113
13
60
186

El Dorado

33.31268

-92.55373

Union

12/16/13

Mike Amason

Pine, Spruce*

Pinus glabra

99
40
108
217

 

 

 

Dallas

9/13/06

Red Hot Plantation, LLC

Pine, White *

Pinus edulus

110
40
90
210

Crystal Bridges Museum
of American Art

36.38095

-94.20146

Benton

5/13/11

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Planertree

Planera aquatica

81
45
60
152

 

35.19428

-91.50756

White

10/13/10

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Poplar, White

Populus alba

118

78

71

209

300 East Race, Searcy

35.25119

-91.73491

White

12/1/14

City of Searcy

Possum Haw

Ilex decidua

19
22
27
49

Inside Bateman family cemetery; Hwy 86 1/2
mile north of Hwy 79 on east side of Clarendon

34 42' 8.6"

91 16' 53.3"

Monroe

1/8/14

Rheta Griffith

Redwood, Dawn*

Metasequoia glyptostroboides

45
33
52
105

817 Tabor Ave., Sherwood

34.8355

-92.24019

Pulaski

11/20/14

Jerry Sanders

River Birch

Betula nigra

128
99
144
297

 

35.76170

92.35856

Stone

10/20/14

Dennis Sutterfield

Sassafras

Sassafras albidum

232
43
51
294

In the middle of NE1/4,
S18, T8N, R23W

 

 

Logan

2/26/01

William (Skeet) Grenwelge

Serviceberry        

Amelanchier

35

29

43

85

235 yards down Hunt Loop Trail (Ouachita
National Forest)

34.76100

-93.09134

Garland

12/30/13

U.S. Forest Service

Silverbell

Halesia carolina

56
38
65
131

 

34.37651

-93.97404

Polk

11/21/14

Ouachita National Forester, Caddo Ranger District

Sourwood

Oxydendrum Arboreum

31
25
32
69

On service road East of main parking lot at Garvan Gardens

34.43367

-93.04185

Garland

12/27/13

Garvan Gardens

Swamp Privet

Forestiera acuminata

27
43
39
77

Mulberry Cemetery Rd., approx. 1/4 mile from the Junction of Hwy 256
and Ferder Rd.

 

 

Jefferson

11/22/00

Jerry & Peggy Morton

Sweetgum

Liquidambar styraciflua

181
28
155
364

Austin

34.96225

-91.92519

Lonoke

8/8/13

Doug Sikes

Sycamore, American

Platanus occidentalis

288
68
108
413

St. Francis National
Forest

N 34 35' 8.4"

W 90 35' 53.4"

Phillips

9/9/10

St. Francis National Forest

Tuliptree

Liriodendron tulipifera

228
105
122
376

East of Combs on Hwy 16,across from County Road 4325

35.81732

-93.81578

Madison

4/21/11

Kevin Schackleford

Walnut, Black

Juglans nigra

195
91
72
290

9820 Scoggins Rd.

36.30742

-94.2457

Benton

7/1/11

Mr. and Mrs. Julious Russell

Water Tupelo

Nyssa aquatica

432
87
110
564

 

34.91571

-91.44305

Prairie

11/15/06

Keith Mooney

Water Tupelo

Nyssa aquatica

451
92.5
125
599

Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area,
Bald Knob

35.23333

-91.40554

White

12/1/14

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Western Soapberry

Sapindus drummondii

74
37
47
130

Intersection of Hwy 22
 and 109N in Midway

35.29182

-93.5272

Logan

6/21/94

Mark Varnell

Winged Sumac

Rhus copallina

19
25
56
81

 

34.26343

92.50094

Grant

6/19/89

Steven's Investments Inc.

Yaupon

Ilex vomitoria

19
3
17
37

Beside South Arkansas Telephone Company
(SatCo), Hampton

33.53818

-92.47297

Calhoun

8/3/10

SatCo

Yellowwood

Cladrastis kentukea

53
71
55
126

312 N. Main, Bentonville

36.37705
-94.2078

Benton

9/15/10

Compton Gardens, Peelhouse Foundation