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Giant sequoia in the historic Peter Britt Gardens in Jacksonville

There is one giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the historic Peter Britt Gardens in Jacksonville (Jackson County).

Peter Britt
On March 22, 1862, the day of his son Emil's birth, Peter Britt planted this Giant Sequoia by his home. Britt was a pioneer photographer, skilled horticulturist, and leader in Southern Oregon's lucrative fruit industry. From its vantage point, this majestic tree has witnessed the unfolding of Jacksonville's rich history -- the gold rush prosperity of the mid 1800s, the decline at the turn of the century and the current restoration and revitalization.

The girth of the tree, measured at a height of 1.40 m, is 5.49 m (1998, Oregon Travel Information Council). Its height is around 62.48 m (1998, measurement method unknown, Oregon Travel Information Council). This tree was planted in 1862, which makes it exactly 153 years old (Tim B, Oct 1, 2011).

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