Interested in "Impressive trees on public lands"?
Those of you that belong ot AAA and have a subscription to their
bi-monthly (?)periodical Via might have passed up their "On the Road
They list 7 western sights worthy of a road trip if nearby, or a
'virtual tour' by going to:
1)Banyan tree at
Banyon Tree Park http://www.hawaiiweb.com/maui/html/sites/banyan_tree.html
Lahaina's Giant Banyan Tree, Maui, Hawaii, U.S.A. http://www.geocities.com/intrepidberkeleyexplorer/Page13D8.html
2)Courghouse Square Giant Sequoias at
This site lists several impressive trees in the Portland
3)Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua at
Giant Spruce of Cape Perpetua Heritage Tree
"Half a century before Christopher Columbus sailed to the
Americas, a tiny Sitka spruce began its life nourished by a nurse
log on the Oregon Coast. Today, it is the largest and oldest tree in
the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area of the Siuslaw National Forest. Nearly
600 years old, it stands over 185 feet tall and has a circumference
of 40 feet." (Oregon Heritage Tree Program)
The tree is surrounded by history.
a.. Indigenous people lived nearby at the
mouth of Cape Creek for 1500 years.
In the 1850's the Coos and Lower Umpqua people were forcibly
relocated here to the Coast Reservation.
b.. In the 1930's the Civilian Conservation
Corps set up a camp and build the first trail to the Giant Spruce,
probably along the route of an ancient Indian trail.
c.. The Giant Spruce was dedicated as a
Heritage Tree on September 15, 2007
4)Octopus Tree at
Nice photos of the tree are found at: http://www.oregoncommunitytrees.org/octopus.pdf
& The Octopus Tree is a Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) that
did not develop into a massive, single trunk tree. It is instead
made up of six large candelabra-type limbs that extend horizontally
as much as 30 feet from the massive central trunk before they turn
upward. Called The Council Tree by Native Tillamook Indians, it may
be a burial tree. The tribes in the Tillamook area reportedly placed
their dead in the trees in canoes, but the trees first had to be
prepared to hold them. Burial trees were forced, when young and
pliable, into a horizontal position beyond which they grew upward.
Once the pattern was set, the trees would continue to grow,
eventually forming the shape characteristic of the Octopus Tree.
5)Shoe Tree at
It is a Shoe Tree,
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/932 where hundreds of
discarded sneakers and other footwear are tossed. The shoe tree
blooms with polymer beauty.
& The Shoe Tree at Middelgate Nevada
This impressive cottonwood tree is located about two miles east of
the town of Middlegate on US Highway 50 ("The Loneliest Highway in
America") in Nevada. Its location is also notable in that it stands
on the Pony Express Trail on the banks of Rock Creek in the Clan
Alpine Mountains. We haven't been able to pin down exactly when it
began receiving shoe offerings -- our earliest photo documentation
was provided by Mark Hemlinger in the summer of 2003.
6)Tree Rock at
Laramie, Wyoming - Tree in the Rock-
http://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/11660 A roadside marker says
it all: "This small pine tree that seems to be growing out of solid
rock has fascinated travelers since the first train rolled past on
the Union Pacific Railroad. It is said that the builders of the
original railroad diverted the tracks slightly to pass by the tree
as they laid rails across Sherman Mountain in 1867-69.
Tree Rock Waymark
7)Sillamette Mission Cottonwood at
Willamette Mission State Park - Nation's Largest
Standing 158' high it is over 110' wide. The circumference at the
base of the trunk is over 27'. It is estimated to be about 265 years
Among these URLs are giant sequoia, spruce, banyan, cottonwood,
and for Ed's benefit, trees of historical significance.
For Will, the Octopus Tree may match most of the redwoods for
number of 'reitterations'!!