We are delighted to introduce 2019's Great American Tree... South Dakota's
Rosa the Ponderosa Pine
! This tree embodies the American spirit with her resilience and stature. She is a testament to the ever-lasting legacy trees can leave on their community. Rosa has overcome many environmental changes and challenges throughout her 738 years. This tree has remained tall after a lightning strike, bug infestations, and the consequences of climate change. Her adaptations and resilience have taught scientists many things about landscape changes in her community. We still have a lot to learn from this magnificent tree!
We are also happy to announce
"Pa Ingalls'" cottonwood trees,
also in South Dakota, as our first runner up!
located in Olympic National Forest in northwestern Washington state and one of the largest
, is our second runner up. Thanks for your nationwide participation in our 5th annual competition! Read more about these trees and all of our nominated trees