We have preserved the legacy of our Champion and Challenger trees in our photo gallery. Several of them were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.
Hurricane Irma destroyed one Champion tree, the Pigeon Plum. The storm knocked down three other trees, the Milkbark, the Wild Dilly and the Black Olive. These trees are still alive and we are working hard to save them. Only one of our Legacy trees was damaged.
POST IRMA STATUS OF NATIVE & NON-NATIVE CHAMPIONS AND LEGACY TREES
Native Champions and former Champions
- Milkbark (West Loop) – Down but seedlings growing from roots
- Pigeon Plum (Northside pond) – Destroyed
- Saffron Plum (Parking Lot)- OK
- Cinnamon Bark (West Loop) OK
- Wild Dilly (West Loop) – Partially down but still alive.
- Black Olive (Boardwalk) – Down but growing suckers
- Cuban Lignum Vitae (Boardwalk) – OK
- Locustberry (Western Loop) – OK
Historic Legacy Trees
- African Tulip Tree (Boardwalk) – Broken at about 20 feet but alive and growing suckers
- Arjun Almond (Boardwalk) – OK
- Sausage Tree (Parking Lot) – OK
- Canary Date Palm (Desbiens Pond) – OK
- Barringtonia (Boardwalk) – OK
You can help replace these trees and replenish our forest through our Tree Tribute Program.