Big Tree Registry

Big Tree Champions

Division of Forestry

Minnesota's native big tree registry

Everyone is invited to join the search for Minnesota's native champion big trees.

Minnesota's Native Big Tree registry is a listing of Minnesota's 52 native trees judged to be the largest in the state.

A nominee is judged on three measurements:

  1. Circumference, in inches, of its trunk at 4 ½ feet above the ground.
  2. Its height in feet.
  3. One-quarter of its crown spread in feet.

The total of these measurements is the points awarded to a particular tree. A champion tree has accumulated the most points.


More information about the program.

photo: person hugging a tree


Did you know there is also a National Registry of Big Trees that recognizes champion trees of 826 species and varieties? Minnesota has one national champion included on this list – the tamarack. In fact, Minnesota's program is set up using much of the same criteria as the national program. For more information on the National Register of Big Trees, contact American Forests This link leads to an external site., P.O. Box 2000, Washington, DC 20013; 202-737-1944.