Durham's Finest Trees

Durham's Finest Trees program recognizes significant trees in Durham County, promotes discovery and ability to identify trees, and helps preserve the best examples of specific tree species, particularly native and those trees well adapted to Durham County. The program also promotes awareness of trees in our community and hopes to catalog fine examples of magnificent specimens of trees due to their size, setting, historical importance, or significant feature.

Durham tree lovers of all ages are invited to submit their nominations for significant trees in Durham County on a rolling basis.  Nominations received prior to October 1 of each year will be considered for awards that year. Anything received after October 1st will be considered in the following year. Trees on private or public property can be nominated in each of the three categories: largest, historical, or meritorious. Preference will be given to native North Carolina tree species. Non-native trees may be considered if they are of a species, subspecies, variety or cultivar proven to be relatively long-lived and well-adapted to North Carolina. Winning trees will be recognized on Durham's Arbor Day. Please read the official rules before submitting a nomination.
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Look-up at the majesty that surrounds you and take a picture of a tree that inspires you! Some resources for help identifying and measuring tree species are:

Trees of North Carolina Identification

Leafsnap app (The basic version is available for for free; additional species are available for in-app purchase).

Instructions On How To Measure A Tree (PDF)

Trees that are nominated will be evaluated in person by a representative of the program. Please see the nomination form for more details on entries.

Tree nominations can be made by individuals or by groups such as a family, garden club or school class. Each tree must have its own nomination form which can be completed and emailed or printed and mailed to:

Master Gardener Durham’s Finest Tree Committee
Durham County Cooperative Extension
721 Foster Street
Durham, NC, 27701
For information, contact us by email.