The Champion Tree Program was created by the American Forests organization in 1940 to recognize the largest known tree of each species in the United States. In 1975, Florida began keeping a state list, the Florida Champion Tree Register, to recognize the largest tree of each species within the state. The Estates is the proud home of two Florida Champion Trees and six former champions.
- Australian Pine (Casuarinas equisetifolia): Former Champion; 87 feet tall, 210 inches circumference (an invasive species, these trees are no longer measured for the program.) South Riverside Garden.
- Banyan Tree (Ficus benghalensis): Champion; At 84 feet tall and 376 inches in circumference, this is the largest banyan tree* in the continental United States.
- Cuban Laurel (Ficus nitida): Former Champion; 99 feet tall, 486 inches circumference (an invasive species, these trees are no longer measured for the program.) Nursery Garden.
- Royal Palm (Roystonia regia): Former Champion; 97 feet tall, 53 inches circumference. East Ford Garden.
- Indian Coral Tree (Erythrina variegata): Emeritus Champion; 50 feet tall, 112 inches circumference. South Riverside Garden.
- Mysore Fig (Ficus drupacea): Emeritus Champion; 102 feet tall, 305 inches circumference. West Ford Garden.
- Puerto Rican Hat Palm (Sabal causiarum): Co-Champion; 48 feet tall, 90 inches circumference. East Caretaker Garden.
- Sausage Tree (Kigelia africana): Emeritus Champion; 57 feet tall, 140 inches circumference. Heritage Garden.
*Trimming to improve quality of the trees was done in July 2007. This work may impact status.
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For more Estates Gardens information contact the Estates Horticulturist at 239-334-7419!