Billings Big Tree Program

American LindenBillings has some amazing trees.  The Billings Big tree program is a way to celebrate trees.  Several Billings trees are State champions.

Anyone can nominate a tree for the Billings Big Tree Program.  To nominate a Big tree in Billings please provide as many measurements of the tree as possible with pictures if available to

For a tree to be considered a Big Tree it must attain a point score that is higher than the previous held record.  Points are given for tree height in feet, circumference in inches, and 1/4 average crown spread (crown spread should be taken at the widest spread and at the narrowest spread) .


Example: Tree Height= 78 ft + circumference = 128″ + (average crown spread= 64ft /4)= 16 ft= 222 total points


List of Billings Big Trees with Pictures

American Linden, Tilia americana

          67’ Tall, 83.5” Around, 11.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 162.25 Points

          Nominator: Fred Bicha

**Black Walnut, Juglans nigra

          61’ Tall, 113” Around, 19’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 193 Points

          Nominator: Steve Riley

**Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa

          86’ Tall, 124” Around, 18.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 228.75 Points

          Nominator: Mike Garvey

Bur Oak, Quercus macrocarpa Notable Mention

          May possibly be some hybrid species.

          67’ Tall, 125” Around, 15.9’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 207.97 Points

          Nominator: Barb Popelka

**Catalpa, Catalpa speciosa

         59’ Tall, 126” Around, 9.9’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 113 Points

         Nominator: Steve Riley

Ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba

         32’ Tall, 83.5” Around, 11.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 162.25 Points

         Nominator: Mike Garvey

Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis

         70’ Tall, 93.41” Around, 13.58’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 176.99 Points

         Nominator: Mike Garvey

Honey Locust, Gleditsia tricanthos var. inermis

         73.5’ Tall, 91.06” Around, 13.66’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 178.22 Points

         Nominator: Mike Garvey

Ohio Buckeye

         43’ Tall, 83.5” Around, 11.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 162.25 Points

         Nominator: Fred Bicha

Plains Cottonwood

         113’ Tall, 365.5” Around, 24.75’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 503.25 Points

         Nominator: Harley ODonnell

Red Maple, Acer rubrum

          51’ Tall, 51.5” Around, 10.5’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 113 Points

          Nominator: Steve Riley

**Sycamore, Platanus occidentalis

          May possibly be some hybrid species.

          70’ Tall, 74.14” Around, 11.2’ Wide (1/4 average crown spread) = 155.2 Points

          Nominator: Fred Bicha


** Denotes State Champion Trees

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