Champion Tree

RITree needs your help to build our Champion Tree Database. We are looking for trees considered culturally, historically and/or biologically notable. Fill out and return the notable tree ballot to RITree. pdfDownload the Helen Walker Raleigh Champion Tree Nomination Form PDF

How Trees Are Measured

Three measurements are needed to nominate a big tree. They are:

  • Trunk circumference (measured in inches)
  • Vertical tree height (measured in feet)
  • Average crown spread (measured in feet)

How to correctly obtain these measurements is explained below:

Helen Walker Raleigh Champion Trees of Rhode Island Registry Program

We can imagine there has been a special interest in big trees for as long as mankind has been present in The Ocean State, however, it wasn't until the 1930s that "champion tree hunting" became a hobby for some. Perhaps the decline of the American Elm prompted us to start recording the biggest trees in our towns and cities. The earliest tree measurement we have on record was made on March 16, 1931 by John B. Hudson of Hope for a black oak in Buttonwoods "where the Shriner's Hospital is". From the 1940s through the 1960s Elizabeth G. Weeks of Providence kept the file of big tree measurements in a wooden box labeled simply "E's Tree Measurements". These measurements were often collected on AMC hikes and outings in RI and other places in New England.

2017 Rhode Island Champion Tree List

The complete updated list of Rhode Island’s Champion Trees is now available. It has all 142 species champions discovered to date. The list also includes each tree’s location and authenticated size measurements. Many are large, some small and a few very rare. But all of them are the biggest of their kind! They are itemized by common name for easy searching.

GENUSSPECIESCOMMON NAMEMUNICIPALITYADDRESSTRUNKHEIGHTCROWNPOINTS
AilanthusaltissimaAilanthus, Tree of HeavenWarwick1078 Buttonwoods Avenue1806856262
MalusdomesticaApple, GreeningCoventry7 Station Street57282892
ThujaoccidentalisArborvitaeJohnstonInt Atwood & Memorial Blvd1216345195
ThujaplicatumArborvitae, WesternPawtucketRiverside Cemetery997338182
Fraxinuspennsylvanica Ash, GreenCumberland3435 Diamond Hill Rd2328986342
FraxinusamericanaAsh, WhiteSouth Kingstown120 Bittersweet Farm Way1949073302
FagusgrandifoliaBeech, AmericanProvidence29 Burton Street1268459225
Fagussylvatica Beech, EuropeanWarwick444 Narragansett Bay Ave2929991414
Fagussylvatica laciniataBeech, European Cut-leafNewport492 Bellevue Avenue2527098364
Fagussylvatica pendulaBeech, European WeepingNewportChateau Sur Mer2236980312
BetulapopulifoliaBirch, GrayWesterlyWilcox Park625743130
BetulapapyriferaBirch, PaperSouth Kingstown 81 Whitford St867568178
BetulanigraBirch, RiverWesterlyWilcox Park1258466225
BetulalentaBirch, SweetWesterlyWahaneeta Preserve1598266258
AesculusoctandraBuckeye, YellowExeter172 South Road1357658.6226
JuglanscinereaButternutEast Greenwich2153 South County Trail1066783194
CatalpaspeciosaCatalpa, NorthernNorth Smithfield399 Great Rd1927674277
CedruslibaniCedar of LebanonCranston100 Shaw Avenue1107055194
CedrusatlanticaCedar, AtlasMiddletown75 Vaucluse Avenue1147050197
JuniperusvirginianaCedar, Eastern RedJamestown22 Mount Hope Avenue795428140
CryptomeriajaponicaCedar, Japanese "Lobbii"Bristol101 Ferry Road817427162
PrunusserotinaCherry, BlackBarrington83 Rumstick Road1639670277
Prunussubhirtella pendulaCherry, HiganProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery1313652179
PrunusserrulataCherry, Japanese South Kingstown180 High St Town Hall1493762202
CastaneadentataChestnut, AmericanGlocester7 Rustic Hill Rd39303278
CastaneamollissimaChestnut, ChineseJamestown850 East Shore Road1515458220
GymnocladusdioicusCoffee Tree, KentuckyProvidenceWanskuck Park1148459213
PhellodendronamurenseCorktree, AmurProvidence223 Brook Street1246956207
PopulusdeltoidesCottonwood, EasternCranston35 Kent Place197115103337
MalusspeciesCrabappleGlocester530 Putnam Pike743152105
MetasequoiaglyptostroboidesDawn RedwoodWarwick501 Centerville Road2097958303
Cornus kousaDogwood, ChineseProvidence196 Taber Avenue763440120
CornusmasDogwood, Cornelian CherryBarrington273 Rumstick Rd64223394
CornusfloridaDogwood, EasternJamestown35 Howland Avenue1282840166
PseudotsugamenziesiiDouglasfirNorth Providence200 High Service Avenue927241175
DavidiainvolucrataDove-treeSouth KingstownURI Arboretum #5616331753
UlmusamericanaElm, AmericanProvidenceMansion Park1959588312
Ulmusglabra var. "Camperdownii"Elm, CamperdownMiddletown1 Renfrew Park1272345161
UlmuspumilaElm, SiberianSouth Kingstown21 Schaffer Street1368066232
UlmusglabraElm, WychNewport580 Bellevue Ave877036166
PaulowniatomentosaEmpress-treeWesterlyWilcox Park1597273249
EuonymuseuropaeusEuonymus, EuropeanProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery1326250207
Chamaecyparisobtusa Falsecypress, HinokiProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery726216138
ChamaecyparislawsonianaFalsecypress, Lawson'sBristolNorth Farm Arboretum1027430184
ChamaecyparispisiferaFalsecypress, SawaraBristolNorth Farm-South Lane1118221198
AbiesbalsameaFir, BalsamBristol125 Poppasquash Rd1376969222
Abies homolepisFir, NikkoCoventry1268 Perry Hill Road1337854224
AbiesproceraFir, NobleProvidenceRI College #5312410726237
AbiesnordmannianaFir, NordmannCranston58 Albert Ave1168450213
AbiesalbaFir, SilverBristolBlithewold Gardens14410144246
Abies concolorFir, WhiteNorth Kingstown54 Willett Road1328836229
CeltisoccidentalisHackberry, CommonProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery1275682204
EucommiaulmoidesHardy Rubber TreeProvidenceRoger Williams Park846554162
TsugacanadensisHemlock, EasternSmithfield780 Old Forge Road1387635223
Tsugacanadensis var. sargentiiHemlock, WeepingBristolBlithewold Gardens941521114
Tsugacanadensis var. sargentiiHemlock, WeepingNewportChateau Sur Mer961414114
CaryaglabraHickory, PignutLincolnLincoln Woods Park9311732218
CaryaovataHickory, ShagbarkSouth Kingstown177 North Road979473209
CaryaovalisHickory, SweetProvidence12 Everett Avenue1149874231
IlexopacaHolly, AmericanJamestown850 East Shore Road1134547170
Gleditsiatriancanthos Honeylocust, CommonCoventry124 Hall Rd1857152269
OstryavirginianaHophornbeam, AmericanProvidenceRoger Williams Park1104351165
CarpinuscarolinianaHornbeam, AmericanNewport25 Bowery Street1085691187
AesculushippocastanumHorsechestnut, EuropeanNewport304 Bellevue Avenue2266785314
AesculusX carneaHorsechestnut, RedWarwick501 Centerville Avenue594441113
CalocedrusdecurrensIncensecedar, CaliforniaProvidenceRoger Williams Park48461799
CercidiphyllumjaponicumKatsuratreeWarren7 Lyndon St.1146447190
CercidiphyllumjaponicumKatsuratreeNewport25 Bowery Street1057446191
LarixlaricinaLarch, EasternGlocester69 Dexter Farm Rd1815060246
LarixdeciduaLarch, EuropeanBristolNorth Farm-South Lane1137846204
SyringareticulataLilac, Japanese TreeLittle Compton420 West Main Rd.693639115
TiliaamericanaLinden, AmericanJamestown455 North Road2098766313
TiliaX europaeaLinden, EuropeanLittle Compton420 West Main Rd.1836760264
TiliacordataLinden, LittleleafLittle Compton1 Main Street/ Rte 81-WHR15211566284
TiliatomentosaLinden, SilverMiddletown47 Kane Ave1467583242
RobiniapseudoacaciaLocust, BlackNorth Providence57 Rosner Avenue1517559241
MagnoliaacuminataMagnolia, CucumbertreeNewport492 Bellevue Avenue1628264260
MagnoliagrandifloraMagnolia, EvergreenProvidence400 Reservoir Avenue444731106
MagnoliakobusMagnolia, KobusSouth Kingstown1978 Kingstown Rd1064148159
MagnoliasoulangeanaMagnolia, SaucerProvidenceRI College #4225283361
GinkgobilobaMaidenhair-treeNewport26-30 Narragansett Avenue1747973271
AcernigrumMaple, BlackLincoln2 Chase Lane2027390297
Acerpalmatum Maple, JapaneseProvidenceRI College #51265052189
Acerpalmatum var. dissectumMaple, Japanese Cut-LeafNewport121 Ocean Avenue58143481
AcerplatanoidesMaple, NorwayNarragansett91 Inez1877583283
AcergriseumMaple, PaperbarkSouth Kingstown50 Cherry Lane494945109
AcerrubrumMaple, RedBurrillville360 Steere Farm Rd212103104341
AcersaccharinumMaple, SilverGlocester15 Dorr Drive2718785379
AcerpensylvanicumMaple, StripedJamestownopposite Comm. Farm1931652
AcersaccharumMaple, SugarExeterThe Ladd School1578573260
AcersaccharumMaple, SugarNarragansett215 Sunnybrook Farm Road1766963261
AcerpseudoplatanoidesMaple, SycamoreWesterlyWilcox Park1569883275
CaryatomentosaMockernut, WhiteNorth Smithfield399 Great Rd1197068206
MorusalbaMulberry, WhiteJohnston216 Morgan Avenue1726159248
QuercusvelutinaOak, BlackWoonsocket60 Mendon Road1789099293
QuercusmacrocarpaOak, BurWesterlyWilcox Park976977185
QuercusprinusOak, ChestnutCumberland425 Nate Whipple Highway1119162217
Quercus roburOak, EnglishJamestown71 Howland Avenue20382105311
QuercusmongolicaOak, MongolianNewport7 Bellevue Court1654097229
QuercuspalustrisOak, PinProvidenceFairoaks Avenue1789088290
QuercusrubraOak, RedProvidence62 Prospect Street21394113335
QuercuscoccineaOak, ScarletBristolBlithewold Gardens1289674243
QuercusbicolorOak, Swamp WhiteProvidence220 Rochambeau Avenue1606788249
QuercuscerrisOak, TurkeyNewportChateau Sur Mer2286481312
QuercusalbaOak, WhiteExeterMattscheck Farm Rt 1022417688340
MaclurapomiferaOrange, OsageBristolBlithewold Gardens1206451197
PinuswallichianaPine, HimalayanWesterlyWilcox Park32222861
PinusbungeanaPine, LacebarkProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery28442278
PinusrigidaPine, PitchProvidenceTriggs Golf Course797021154
PinussylvestrisPine, ScotchBristol3 Dolly Drive1126355188
PinuscembraPine, Swiss StoneWesterlyWilcox Park54361594
PinusstrobusPine, WhiteFoster11 Mill Road17010262287
KoelreuteriapaniculataRaintree, GoldenEast Greenwich851 South Rd54252986
Cerciscanadensis Redbud, EasternBarrington5 Holly Lane36204166
SassafrasalbidiumSassafrasProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery2275743295
SophorajaponicaScholar-treeSouth KingstownSaugatucket Park-High St1926075271
Sophorajaponica var. PendulaScholar-tree, WeepingNewport443 Bellevue Avenue59183085
SequoiadendrongiganteumSequoia, GiantBristolBlithewold Gardens2019149307
AlbizzajulibrissinSilktree, MimosaEast Greenwich851 South Rd434773108
HalesiatetrapteraSilverbell, CarolinaProvidence75 12th Street916257167
HalesiamonticolaSilverbell, MountainSouth KingstownURI Arboretum #7428332367
StyraxjaponicusSnowbell, JapaneseWesterlyWilcox Park45304185
OxydendronarboreumSourwoodSouth Kingstown1747 Moorsefield Rd1296350205
PiceaabiesSpruce, NorwayCoventry401 Hopkins Hill Road1529653262
PiceaorientalisSpruce, OrientalWesterlyWilcox Park866419155
PiceajezoensisSpruce, YeddoNewport492 Bellevue Avenue847347169
StewartiapseudocamelliaStewartia, JapaneseSouth Kingstown23 Winter Street544624106
ToxidendronvernixSumac, PoisonBurrillvilleCruff Road11211537
LiquidambarstyracafluaSweet GumBristolBlithewold Gardens1219071229
PlatanusoccidentalisSycamore, AmericanLincoln 448 River Road2399597358
ToonsinensisToon-tree, ChineseProvidenceSwan Point Cemetery977255183
LiriodendrontulipiferaTuliptreeWarwick975 Warwick Neck Ave.21112696361
Nyssasylvatica TupeloBristolBlithewold Gardens1026356179
NyssasylvaticaTupeloProvidence526 Cole Avenue927454179
SciadopitysverticillataUmbrellapine, JapaneseEast Greenwich572 Cedar Dr676421136
ViburnumsieboldiiViburnum, SieboldNewport18-20 Carroll Avenue56222584
JuglansnigraWalnut, BlackLincolnLincoln Woods Park20710396334
JuglansmandshuricaWalnut, ManchurianBristolBlithewold Gardens1786177258
SalixbablyonicaWillow, WeepingProvidencePleasant Valley Pkwy2566254331
SalixalbaWillow, WhiteEast Providence103 Shore Road2228469323
TaxuscuspidataYew, JapaneseNewport304 Bellevue Avenue1803753231
ZelkovaserrataZelkova, JapaneseNewport492 Bellevue Avenue2126686299