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Arboretum: State Champion Trees



Americans love to talk about the biggest of anything—including trees. In Pennsylvania, the largest known measured specimen of a tree genus and species gets to wear the crown of State Champion. This is determined by a point system based on three measurements: the trunk circumference usually taken at 4.5 feet, the height and the average crown spread. For a complete list of champions in Pennsylvania, check out

Haverford College Arboretum currently can claim 13 State Champions. All are noted with a gold plant label. Ten trees can be found in the Ryan Pinetum collection. The champion red oak, Quercus rubra, stands at Stokes Hall along Walton Road. The largest Hinoki falsecypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa, is by Barclay Hall's eastern entrance. A rare Hemiptelea davidii is down by the Duck Pond.


Hinoki falsecypress

Our Champion Trees:

Name Circumference Height Spread
Japanese white pine, Pinus parviflora 7.6' at 12" 74' 36'
Shensi fir, Abies chensiensis 8.3' 70' 30'
Farges fir, Abies fargesii 4.4' 57' 24'
Northern Japanese hemlock, Tsuga diversifolia 3.1' 30' 27'
Sakhalin spruce, Picea glehnii 6' 48' 36'
Dragon spruce, Picea asperata 6.1' 45' 39'
Sitka spruce, Picea sitchensis 6.9' at 10" 38' 36'
Black spruce, Picea mariana 5.5' at 10" 37' 30'
Tiger-tail spruce, Picea polita 5.8' 49' 36'
Siberian spruce, Picea obovata 3.9' 57' 21'
Red oak, Quercus rubra 24.4' 100' 306'
Hinoki falsecypress, Chamaecyparis obtusa 7.3' 75' 42'
Hemiptelea, Hemiptelea davidii 5.5' 46' 42'