What is a Noble Tree?

A Noble Tree is manifest and magnificent in statue, transcends and achieves significant architectural grace and dignity over centuries.” - Michael Dirr, Professor Emeritus of Horticulture, University of Georgia

Noble Trees are tall, substantial trees that, when planted wisely, will endure for generations.

They are large, architecturally elegant trees that cast shade and become fixtures in a landscape.

They are homes to birds, highways for squirrels, destinations for pollinators, food sources for animals, and anchors for tree houses and swings.

Noble trees prevent erosion, support wildlife habitats, emit oxygen, decrease carbon dioxide, and increase property values.

These inspiring trees enhance everyday life and create memories for those who encounter them – some even call them spiritual skyways to the heavens.

Some of the Noble Trees that can be found in Spartanburg County Include:

  • White Oak (Quercus alba)
  • Overcup Oak (Quercus lyrata)
  • Nuttall Oak (Quercus nuttallii)
  • Chickapin Oak (Quercus muehlenbergii),
  • American Beech (Fagus grandifloria)
  • Hickory Trees (Carya)
  • American Yellowood (Cladrastis kentukea)
  • Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides)
  • Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum)
  • Red Maple (Acer rubrum)
  • Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum)
  • Tulip Poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)
  • Black Tupelo (Nyssa sylvatica)
  • Ginko Trees (Ginko bilboba)


What We Do

We work to promote the presence of Noble Trees in Spartanburg County and beyond by 

  • Generating enthusiasm for the value of Noble Trees in our ecological system
  • Promoting educational opportunities wherein knowledge of, and appreciation for, Noble Trees are featured
  • Encouraging continual tree planting and maintenance programs distinguished by the use of appropriate trees, planting practices, and maintenance techniques, to include specific project support
  • Serving as a catalyst and guide for funding and encouragement of the aforementioned objectives

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