Heritage Tree #1: Native California Coast Live Oak (Quercus Agrifolia) in Jensen Park

Heritage Tree #1

The first Heritage Tree in Benicia is a Native California Coast Live Oak (Quercus Agrifolia). The application was submitted by the Benicia Tree Foundation and approved March 15, 2011 by the Benicia City Council. The tree is located in Jensen Park near the intersection of W. 2nd Street and W. K Street. The tree meets all the key criteria for qualifying as a Heritage Tree: 

  • Historical Significance
  • Over 30 inches in diameter measured 48 inches above the ground
  • Unique or rare horticultural speciment
  • Uniqueness of size and age
  • Aesthetic value due to symmetry, form, color, or other qualities
  • An outstanding speciment of desirable species, especially native oak species
  • Significance for habitat preservation, including where tree is one a group of trees dependent on each other for survival
This particular oak tree has a trunk diameter of more than 3.5 feet. The canopy radius is approximately 50 feet. The oak is one of the largest and oldest oak trees in Benicia. The tree has likely been a silent witness to much of Benicia's history. 
Benicia's First Heritage Tree
Benicia's First Heritage Tree
-photo by Wolfram Alderson
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