Historic Tree(s)

A Historic Tree is a tree (or group of trees) that are at least 50 years old and share a significant event (or events) in a specific place in time. This is a brief statement that helps to quantify what we are looking for without any strong limitations. What is “significant” could vary according to the point of view but the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition often refers to historians, anthropologists and other experts for recommendations. In essence, credible historic reference materials must be provided and historic references should be corroborated by a reputable source before we can pursue further investigation. Size, age, or a great story behind a tree, can also contribute to a tree’s significance.

Heritage Tree(s)

A Heritage tree has deep significance to a community. Again, what is of “deep significance” can vary but should be quantified as much as possible. As an example, if a new tree (or grove of trees) was planted in honor of someone or a group of people which are significant to the community, an application for recognition could be submitted.

Historic Tree Registry

The Dallas Historic Tree Registry is a program set up to identify and honor historic and heritage trees in the DFW area. Historic Tree Registration forms can be found on a partnership website: www.texastreetrails.org under “forms and lists”. Submissions for heritage status should be submitted using the historic tree registry form since many of the criteria are the same.

Historic and Heritage Trees


Adamson High School Red Oak

The Conservation Committee of the Nancy Horton Davis National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) nominated the Adamson High Red Oak for historic status in 2004.  According to their nomination, the tree is believed to have sprout...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 

Great Trinity Forest Bur Oak

June 10, 1996 was a historic day for the Dallas Historic Tree Coalition.  Not far from the banks of the Trinity River and within shouting distance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard Bridge, Coalition members and guests gathered to recognize...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 

Post Oak Grove at Pioneer Park

 

This grove of 40 stately trees is an urban remnant of Post Oak forest that stretches from Oklahoma into sections of the Metroplex.  The trees, which shade the graves of Dallas’ most recognizable names, are some of the oldest in th...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 

Texas Discovery Gardens Cottonwood

This majestic cottonwood, standing more than 70 feet tall with a circumference of more than 12 feet, stood at the center of the Texas Discovery Gardens at Fair Park for more than 70 years. It was admired for its towering beauty for decades, provid...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 
Bouldin Live Oak

The Bouldin Live Oak

 

Dr. Hammond Bouldin and his wife, Eliza, are buried in the Bouldin Family Cemetery, located in the garden of his home in Old Lawn, Texas.  At one time, it was a very beautiful cemetery surrounded by an ornate iron fence.  Three tom...Read More

County : Taylor 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 
Incense Cedar

The Garland Memorial Cemetery Incense Cedar

 

This towering California Incense Cedar is native to the Pacific Northwest.  The tree is not a true Cedar but belongs to the Cypress family and is also referred to as a False Cedar.  It was named State Champion in 1998 by the Texas ...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 
Garland Red Oak 1

The Garland Memorial Cemetery Red Oak

 

About 100 feet from the Champion Incense Cedar tree in Garland Memorial Park along South Garland Avenue once stood the majestic State Champion Shumard Red Oak. This oak was recognized in 1999 by the Texas Forest Service as the larges...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 

The Half-Way Oak

 

The massive Half-Way Oak has been a popular rest stop providing shade and comfort for those traveling on foot, horseback, wagons, and automobiles for well over 200 years[1]. Located 13 ...Read More

County : Stephens 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 
Bicentennial Bur Oak Plano

The Plano Bicentennial Bur Oak

Located in the Southeast section of Bob Woodruff Park, Plano’s Bicentennial Bur Oak tree is the largest, oldest tree in the City of Plano. It is estimated to be over 500 years old. At this age, it could well be the oldest documented living thing...Read More

County : Collin 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 

The Wagon Yard Elm

This majestic American Elm is located on a remnant of Blackland Prairie that escaped the urban sprawl of North Dallas.  Located at 17400 Muirfield, just minutes from the Dallas North Tollway and Frankford Road, the tree is a living witness to the...Read More

County : Collin 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees 

The Wisdom Tree

 

At the time of its nomination and dedication in 2004, the Wisdom Pecan measured 54 feet high with a canopy of 70 feet at its widest and 60 feet at its narrowest, and it had a trunk circumference of 8 feet.

The tree still stand...Read More

County : Dallas 
Category : Historic and Heritage Trees