A 2015 Big Old Tree Contest Winner: White Oak (Quercus alba)

Do you have a big or favorite tree in Davidson County?  
Now accepting entries for the 2020 Contest

How to Enter

Get the address for your big tree, take a photo of it, and make your best guess on it’s height (in feet), crown spread (width in feet) and trunk circumference (inches). Measure the trunk at 4.5’ from the ground level.  Our tree experts will come out and confirm the tree data. Trees will be judged by species, with a winner from each species category. The 2018 contest recognized 42 winning trees from a great field of 81 entries.

Map of Winners

We've honored more than 800 trees, so be sure to look for your tree on our interactive map to check if your tree has previously won. Trees will only be a winner once and must be located in Davidson County.

We accept Big Old Tree Contest entries year-round. Nomination period for the 2019 contest is now closed. Trees nominated between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 are eligible to win our 2020 contest.

Enter online • Enter on paper  • How to measure a tree

Winners will be announced at the
Tree Spree
October 6, 2019

Why do we have the Big Old Tree Contest?  

The contest began as a way to educate school children the importance of big trees and has now evolved into a great resource to locate Davidson County's largest and most notable specimen trees.

Apply for protection for your trees now! 

Now you can take a step towards tree preservation by applying to have your special tree registered as a Metro Historic and Specimen Tree.