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A champion tree is the largest tree of each species or cultivar, determined by measure of the tree's spread, height and trunk circumference. In Colorado, the Colorado Tree Coalition oversees the Champion Tree Registry.

Denver Botanic Gardens has over 30 trees on the registry. Each of these trees bears a special label proclaiming its Champion status. The state ranking is noted below each name on the list.

Abies homolepis (Nikko Fir)

State ranked #1

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Acer grandidentatum (Bigtooth Maple)

State ranked #1 (tie)

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Acer monspessulanum (Montpellier Maple)

State ranked #1

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Acer pictum ssp. mono (Painted Maple)

State ranked #1

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Acer tataricum 'GarAnn' HOT WINGS® (Tatarian Maple)

State ranked #1

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Acer truncatum (Shantung Maple)

State Ranked #3

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Aesculus × carnea (Red Horse Chestnut)

State ranked #1

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Carpinus caroliniana (American Hornbeam)

State ranked #1

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Cedrus libani (Cedar Of Lebanon)

State ranked #2

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Chamaecyparis nootkatensis 'Pendula' (Alaska-Cedar)

State ranked #1

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Cornus kousa ssp. chinensis 'Milky Way' (Chinese Dogwood)

State ranked #1

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Corylus colurna (Turkish Hazelnut)

State ranked #1 (tie)

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Cupressus arizonica 'Observatory' (Observatory Arizona Cypress)

State ranked #1

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Cupressus arizonica 'Raywood’s Weeping' (Arizona Cypress)

State ranked #1

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Hesperocyparis bakeri (Baker's Cypress)

State ranked #1

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Fagus sylvatica 'Tricolor' (European Beech)

State ranked #2

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Gleditsia triacanthos f. inermis 'Pin Cushion' (Thornless Honeylocust)

State ranked #1

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Juniperus occidentalis (Sierra Juniper)

State ranked #1

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Juniperus rigida (Needle Juniper)

State ranked #1

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Magnolia virginiana (Sweet Bay)

State ranked #1

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Malus × gloriosa 'Oekonomierat Echtermeyer' (Crabapple)

State Ranked #3 (tie)

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Ostrya virginiana (Eastern Hop Hornbeam)

State ranked #1

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Parrotia persica (Persian Parrotia)

State ranked #1

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Picea abies 'Columnaris' (Norway Spruce)

State ranked #1

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Picea likiangensis (Likiang Spruce)

State ranked #1

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Picea wilsonii (Wilson's Spruce)

State ranked #1

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Pinus armandii (David Pine)

State ranked #1

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Pinus densiflora 'Umbraculifera' (Tanyosho Pine)

State ranked #1

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Pinus heldreichii (Bosnian Pine)

State ranked #1

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Pinus parviflora (Aizu-goyo Group) (Japanese White Pine)

State ranked #1

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Pinus sylvestris 'Glauca Compacta' (Scots Pine)

State ranked #1

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Quercus robur 'Salicifolia' (Willowleaf English Oak)

State ranked #1

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Quercus shumardii (Shumard Red Oak)

State ranked #1

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Quercus texana (Texas Red Oak)

State ranked #1

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Quercus × pauciloba (Wavy-Leaf Oak)

State ranked #1

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Sassafras albidum (Sassafras)

State ranked #1

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Sorbus scopulina (Greene's Mountain Ash)

State ranked #1

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Ulmus davidiana var. japonica (Japanese Elm)

State ranked #1

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Zelkova serrata 'Village Green' (Japanese Zelkova)

State ranked #1

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