What is a Notable Tree?

We at Tree Baltimore invite you to share with us trees that are worthy to add to our Notable Tree maps! Notable trees encompass champion trees and trees submitted for #myfavorite tree.


What is your favorite tree?

Maybe your tree isn’t a champion….but it can still be our favorite! By using #myfavoritetree on social media or by submitting your tree with the #myfavoritetree form we can put it up on our map. All we ask is that the tree is on public land. If you have any questions about this, email myfavoritetree443@gmail.com and your tree can be among the city’s favorites.


Check out our map of city and state champions along with the #myfavoritetrees here!

Baltimore’s Notable and Favorite Trees StoryMap


What makes a tree a champion?

Champion trees are the biggest of their species and are quantified by using this formula from the Maryland Big Tree Program:



Champions are added and kept up to date via the Maryland Big Tree Program, where the State Champions and City/County Champions are listed by species on the Maryland Big Tree listing here.The Maryland Big Tree Program is associated with the Department of Natural Resources Forest Service, which provides technical assistance when needed, but the program itself is maintained by volunteers! Some species don’t really have to be big to be champs. For instance, a Live Oak (Quercus virginiana), in Bolton Hill, with a circumference of a mere 16”, a height of only 14’ and a spread of 16’ is our city’s current champ for the species at 36 total points! (below)

The Live Oak in Bolton Hill. 36 total points.


The MD Big Tree Program is managed by John Bennett, Dori Murphy, Kathie Jarmon and the Baltimore city Forestry board but nominations can come in at any time. If you believe your tree is a champion based upon the formula, bring it to our attention by nominating it through the nominating process outlined here!