2024's Landmark Tree is the Dawn Redwood and was planted in 1986, honoring City Parks and Rec director Eugene German. It has its own circle, at the end of Pen Park Road, in front of Meadowbrook Golf Shop.

Dawn Redwoods existed 20 million years ago and were believed extinct until discovered backwoods in China, in the 1940's. The species has returned vigorously around the world. Bald Cypresses are quite similar, when young Redwoods are limbed up. The Redwood needles are larger and their stems are opposite. A Dawn Redwood can also grow up to 100' high.

Welcome to the Notable Trees Project

This project documents notable trees in the Charlottesville, Virginia, area. We have created a database, photo gallery and map of the area’s large, excellent trees which are viewable from roads or public places. While Virginia in general has a large, lush canopy, current weather extremes and intensive development are quickly reducing the number of our older trees.

We include stories and information about particular specimens to educate and enrich our community. We hope readers go to see them in person. And, we hope to encourage the protection of our older trees.

If you know of a Notable Tree that you feel should be included in the database, please make your nomination here!

The Notable Tree project is a part of the Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards (CATS) organization. Please go to the www.charlottesvilleareatreestewards.org website to learn more about the tree steward community, how to become a tree steward, tree care, events, other projects, and more.


Our most well known, specimen trees we choose as Landmark Trees on Arbor Day. Their information has been collected together on one convenient page so that you may enjoy them.

Take a Tour of Our Notable Trees

CATS has created a driving tour of Charlottesville’s Notable Trees, which were featured recently in C-Ville’sThe Tree Issue.” Found mostly in and around the downtown area, the trees on our tour are notable for their size, their history and, in some cases, their rarity – especially in the face of pests and diseases that have put their species in jeopardy. We hope you will take this opportunity to see and learn more about Charlottesville’s urban forest and some of its most exceptional trees.