And each year, Columbia's Tree and Appearance Commission selects a list of truly special ones.
They are the Treasured Trees .
The commission's goal is to document and preserve trees along with helping people learn about the value trees add to a community.
This year, more than a dozen trees or sites were recognized Friday - in honor of Arbor Day.
We'll feature some of the winning trees over the next several weeks on the garden page in Your Home.
Inspired to add a tree to your landscape? Fall and winter are the perfect times for tree planting in the Midlands.
Here's a listing of this year's winners.
- Red cedar trees (Juniperus virginiana) on Cedarwood Lane.
- Swamp chestnut oak (Quercus michauxii), 1231 Shirley St., Columbia
- Big leaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla), 930 Hampton Hill Road, Columbia
- Ring cupped oak (Quercus glauca) at 23 Woodhill Circle, Columbia
- Sassafras (Sassafras albidum) tree grove in Saluda Shoals Park.
- European spindle (Euonymus europaeus), 721 Old Cherokee Road, Lexington
- White oak (Quercus alba) at 702 Sweetbriar, Columbia
- Sugarberry (Celtis laevigata), Harriet Barber House, 116 Barberville Loop, Hopkins
- Dawn Redwoods (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), 523 Grenadier Drive, Columbia
- Grove of tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera), Belser Arboretum, between Wilmot Avenue and Bloomwood Road, Columbia.
- Live oak (Quercus virginiana). at 1800 Gervais St., Columbia
- Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum), 3601 Monroe St., Columbia
- Laurel Oak (Quercus hemisphaerica) at Shandon Methodist on Devine Street and Adger Road, Columbia
- Laurel Oak (Quercus hemisphaerica) in Sunnyside Park at Sunnyside and Orchard, Cayce
- Water Oaks (Quercus nigra) at Claude E. Taylor School, Julius Felder and Taylor roads, Cayce
- Ginkgo Trees (Ginkgo biloba) 100-400 blocks of Edisto Avenue, Columbia
- Megan Sexton
NOMINATE A TREE
Applications are being accepted for 2010, and winners will be announced next fall.
For information on how to nominate a tree, contact Columbia's Division of Forestry and Beautification, (803) 545-3860 or see http://columbiasc.net/forestry.
Some advice from the department's Amy Bledsoe: "Take pictures (of the trees) when they look their best - if that's fall color or the summer, or even in winter when leaves are off and you can see the structure. The more information, the better. Stories make for a winner. They don't have to be huge (trees), but they have to be special in some way."