The Arkansas Forestry Commission unveiled a tree monument for the American Chestnut Hybrid state champion tree at Compton Gardens on Thursday, July 21. The Arkansas Champion Tree program recognizes those trees that are the largest of the species. Trees are compared using the American Forests’ “Bigness Index.” A full list of Arkansas State Champion Trees can be found online at http://forestry.arkansas.gov/Pages/ChampionTrees.aspx.
The American Chestnut Hybrid isn't Compton Gardens' only state champion tree. We also have a Yellowwood state champion tree, and the Arkansas Forestry Commission has plans to unveil its tree monument later in the year. See photos of the monument placement below.