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The Owen Cherry an Oregon Heritage Tree in full bloom
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Owen Cherry Tree in Eugene Oregon

Oregon Heritage Trees – Trees that Tell an Historic Story

Owen Cherry Tree – Oregon Heritage Tree

Folklore is the Owen Cherry tree was planted in 1847 by Eugene Skinner, co-founder of the City of Eugene. The tree is believed to be the country’s oldest and largest Black Tartarian cherry tree. By 1950 the site of the tree was owned by George Owen, a former Eugene City Councilor, lumberman, and philanthropist. Mr. Owen donated the site to the city. The Owen Rose Garden has more than 4,500 roses of over 400 varieties.

Tree Facts:

  • Approx. height: 49′
  • Planted in: 1860’s (possibly 1847)
  • Circumference: 18″ 3″
  • Dedicated on: April 6, 1999
  • Crown: 80′

The Owen Rose Garden may not yet have its trellis walk rose garden bursting with color or the historic cherry tree alight with blossoms; but all this will come.,April ushers in the first cherry blossoms, and in May early roses start to flourish. Walk the paths to soak up bird song, spot buds and sprouts and enjoy the glorious transformation, complete by summer.

The featured photo of the Owen Cherry tree in full bloom was taken April 8, 2021. It’s beautiful year round, as is the Rose Garden, but to see it in all its glory plan your trip soon. This Oregon Heritage Tree is a scenic day trip from our Willamette Valley bed and breakfasts.

Magnificent Oregon Trees recognized in April leading up to Arbor Day 2023

Arbor Day, much like Earth Day, is a holiday that celebrates nature. Its purpose is to encourage people to plant trees and this year the Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild will take the opportunity to recognizes our unique, magnificent trees throughout the month of April. Many of these trees, but not all, have been recognized as Oregon Heritage Trees.

Oregon Heritage Trees – Trees that Tell an Historic Story

Oregon has a vast amount of ancient trees across the state that are reminders of not only the their longevity but as their importance to the environment and our Oregon Heritage. Many have been recognize by the Oregon Travel Information Council in their Oregon Heritage Tree program.

These Trees Tell Stories

‘Honored groves, single trees or groups of trees have something in common with one another no matter what the species: they are trees that tell a story; trees that confound and astound; trees that educate both Oregonians and visitors about significant people or events from the past; trees that have survived natural disasters or stand as silent sentries to the passage of time. And that’s only a small part of what makes an Oregon Heritage Tree compelling.’

Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild is ready to share Oregon with you: it’s environment, culture, and heritage. Combine gracious hospitality with ambiance at an inspected and approved Oregon Bed and Breakfast Guild member Inn.

Hospitality Update: Our inns are following COVID-19 protocol guidance from the Oregon Health Authority. 

Although mask guidelines are lifted:

● Some businesses may choose to still require masks.

● Some people may choose to still wear a mask.

We have all struggled through COVID-19 and could use a little kindness. Please be respectful of local businesses and their workers and most importantly kind to yourself.

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