California Historical Landmarks in Butte County

California Historical Landmark 313
Hooker Oak
Manzanita Avenue Between Vallombrosa and Hooker Oak Avenue
Chico


Hooker Oak

In 1887 Annie E. K. Bidwell named this huge oak after English botanist Sir Joseph Hooker. When it fell during a windstorm in 1977, it was estimated to be over a thousand years old - it was nearly a hundred feet tall and 29 feet in circumference eight feet from the ground. The largest branch measured 111 feet from trunk to tip - circumference of outside branches was nearly five hundred feet.

Citation from California Office of Historic Preservation

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